11/08/2010 02:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mobile Data Usage Explodes, To Top 1 Exabyte By End Of Year (CHART)

The exchange of mobile data has skyrocketed in recent years, and new analysis shows how data now leads voice significantly in terms of strain on mobile networks.

Chetan Sharma, which analyzes trends in wireless data, found that data passed voice in network traffic in 2008 and has grown tremendously since.

In fact, U.S. mobile data will exceed 1 exabyte in 2010, according to Mashable, approximately 1 billion gigabytes.

Specifically, network data usage is up 25 percent in the third quarter of 2010 as opposed to 2009, the analysis found. The rapid growth "can be attributed to the brisk and seemingly unending demand for smartphones," GigaOm reports.