Report: Smartphone boomed globally in 2014; 800M new activations

The smartphone explosion is nothing new to even the most casual observer in the U.S., but in 2014 it became a global phenomenon, according to mobile networking company Ericsson. A new report from the vendor projects that this year the world will see 800 million new smartphone subscriptions, bringing the global total to 2.7 billion connections.

By the time 2015 rolls around, smartphones will account for 37 percent of all mobile subscriptions and in two years they will outnumber regular mobile phones across the globe, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, which compiles and analyzes data supplied by Ericsson’s carrier customers and industry analysts.

Ericsson Mobility Report Q3 2014

In total, Ericsson expects the world to end 2014 with 7.1 billion mobile connections, though the vast majority of them (4 billion) will still be over 2G networks. While 4G networks are getting a lot of attention as they go live around the world, LTE still only covers about 20 percent of the world’s population, according to Ericsson.

Chart courtesy of Ericsson.