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Report predicts wearables will rack up mobile data usage by 2019

As more consumers and business workers begin using wearables, mobile data usage will continue to increase by 2019

By Michael Hatamoto | Feb 12, 2015 01:20 pm CST

Mobile traffic is set to boom over the next few years, with wearable devices becoming more prevalent - and increasingly relying on mobile data. The wearable market will increase from 109 million in 2014 up to 578 million by 2019, according to Cisco, which will increase the amount of mobile data being used.


There will be an increase in smartwatches with the launch of the Apple Watch later this year, while other rival devices continue to hit the consumer market. The Apple Watch needs to be paired to an iPhone to transmit data, though smartphones already use six times the amount of data when compared to a normal mobile phone.

Of the 11.5 billion predicted mobile connections by 2019, 8.3 billion will be smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal mobile devices - and those devices will rely on a mix of cellular data and Wi-Fi.

Manufacturers are expanding their wearable product offerings, with hardware and software both developing, in an attempt to gain interest from consumers.

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