Data to trump voice by 2018
Mobile operators will make more money from data than from voice by 2018, a report has said.
GSMA, the organisation that represents the mobile industry, pointed out that the surge in connected devices and the growth of machine-to-machine communications were creating huge demand.
In a report it lays out some of the ways that mobile is transforming lives, particularly in the developing world, the BBC reports.
Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at GSMA said that mobile data is not just a commodity, it is becoming the lifeblood of our daily lives, society and economy, with more and more connected people and things.
The firm predicted that the US and UK would see data revenues exceeding voice by 2014.
Argentina would get there even earlier, it said, reaching the milestone in 2013, while Kenya, one of Africa's most connected countries, would hit the target in 2016.
According to the report, the five-year forecasts were released to coincide with Mobile World Congress, the association's annual tech event in Barcelona.