Insiders in the mobile industry have been talking about the "Mobile video tsunami" for awhile now. It is no secret that 50% - 75% of Mobile network operator's Bandwidth is getting or going to be consumed just by video. The infographic makes this megatrend extra clear:
In the US where AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and TMobile operate some of the most advanced networks in terms of Smartphone penetration, 4G LTE, and consumer data demand we are already seeing 50% + of the network bandwidth being taken up by Video. Then rest of the top 600 operators will find themselves in a similar situation very soon.
If you combine the above Video trend with the other mega trends, the massive shift away from feature phones to smartphones (driven by cheap androids today, but may have other players like Firefox OS joining the fray soon) ... you start to see the dilema Mobile Network operators are finding themselves in.
The infographic is from Skyfire.com (put together by Skyfire and Opera) , click here to see the original Skyfire blog post . Disclaimer : i work for Skyfire, and work on Opera and Skyfire products focussed on easing the impact of the mobile video tsunami for consumers and operators. So the above view maybe be a bit video centric :)