Mobile data usage accounted for only three percent of global data traffic in 2013, according to a new report.

Japan is the only country where mobile traffic exceeds 10 percent of total data traffic, while in France, Germany and Romania mobile accounts for less than 2.5 percent of the total.

Countries with high usage in both areas all have highly advanced fixed and mobile networks, meanwhile.

The Analysys Mason study, which includes data from 17 countries, forecasts that mobile data will account for six percent of global traffic by 2019.

In the same timeframe, the average fixed broadband connection will generate 188GB per month, up from 52GB today.

The research and analyst firm observed that the steep rise in the number of connected TVs and the replacement of secondary TVs by tablets are the two main factors driving a surge in volumes in developed economies.

Some of the highest average data usage levels are expected to be in Eastern Europe. In the UK, meanwhile, the average broadband connection will generate over 100GB per month by the end of next year.

[Read More: UK leads top EU nations on superfast broadband, says report]


Rupert Wood, Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason said: “The emerging trend for gigabit consumer access could accelerate growth in data usage, but operators need to be aware that gigabit speeds will likely undermine their ambitions to capture value from managing content delivery.”

Some operators in Europe are witnessing a growth in their fixed line divisions. French operator Free, for example, reported a 7.6 rise in its fixed line revenues while EE added 12,000 fixed line customers in the last quarter of 2013.

Meanwhile, Vodafone’s acquisition of Spanish cableco Ono is just the latest example of a mobile operator looking to move into the fixed world as mobile revenues slow.
 

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