How much data are your users consuming?

Cintia Garza/Maravedis
23 Jul 2010
00:00

We all know the stresses that data traffic growth is putting on wireless network capacity. After analyzing data usage of smartphones and notebooks and the applications they support on AT&Ts network, I gained a better understand what is causing this explosive growth in data usage (see table below).

The average smartphone residential user consumes between 200 and 300MB monthly. Currently, 65% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200MB of data per month on average.

Average residential (non-business) smartphone user consumes per day:

  • Less than 10 emails sent/received (no attachments) = 2.5MB
  • 1 email with photo attachment = 10MB
  • 3 emails sent/received (with attachment) = 12 MB
  • Average 5 minutes of streaming music per day (or total 2.5 hrs per month) = 72MB
  • 5 web pages visited = 25MB
  • 0-1 applications downloaded (games/songs) per day= 60MB
  • 10 social media posts = 14 MB
  • Average 1 minute of streaming video per day or (30 minutes per month) = 60 MB
TOTAL DATA USAGE PER MONTH = ~ 255.5MB per month
Average residential (non-business) laptop user consumes per day:
  • 20 emails sent/received (no attachments) = 20MB
  • 5 emails with photo attachment = 14.5MB
  • 5 emails sent/received (with attachment) = 5MB
  • Average 1 songs downloaded per day= 120MB
  • 10 web pages visited = 90MB - 20 social media Posts = 290 MB
  • 5 minutes of streaming video per day = 440MB
TOTAL DATA USAGE PER MONTH = ~ 1GB per month

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