Ryan Knutson and Shalini Ramachandran on the “WifiForward” coalition:
Last year, mobile users in North America consumed an average of about 1.4 gigabytes of data a month, and that number is expected to grow to 9 gigabytes a month by 2018, according to Cisco Systems Inc.
Even more growth is expected over Wi-Fi. About 57% of all mobile data traffic in North America is currently carried by Wi-Fi, and by 2018 that figure is expected to increase to 64%, according to Cisco. All that data congests Wi-Fi networks, too, one of the reasons why WifiForward wants to free up more spectrum.
Did not realize the Wi-Fi numbers were so high — and rising.
Not surprised. Ever since I switched from Sprint to Verizon and have had a capped data plan I’ve been much more conscious of my WiFi connectivity and make sure to cache music or video before I leave home.