Mobile subscribers reached 6.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014, according to the "Mobility Report" prepared by the telecommunications company Ericsson.
2.5 billion of the total subscribers use broadband services for smartphones.
The report predicts that the total subscribers will reach 7.1 billion by the end of 2014, of which 2.7 billion would be broadband subscribers.
110 million new subscribers were added in the third quarter of 2013 with India on the top of the list with 18 million, followed by 12 million from China and 5 million from Indonesia. 26 million new subscribers came from Africa, surpassing the growth of North America by five times.
Compared with the third quarter of 2013, mobile data traffic increased by 60 percent from 1,700 Petabyte (1 Petabyte is equivalent to 1 million Gigabytes) to 2,800 Petabyte in the third quarter of 2014.
The Mobility Report predicts that the number of mobile subscribers will increase to 9.5 billion in 2020 with 6.1 billion smartphone users. 3.5 billion subscribers are expected to use 4G broadband technology. Mobile phone usage will spread to 90 percent of the world's population over 6 years by 2020, according to the report.