Korean smartphone users ranked No. 4 worldwide in terms of the amount of monthly data use. According to U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics on March 19, the per-capita monthly data use of Korea's smartphone users averaged at 4.9 gigabytes last year, about three times higher than the global average of 1.65 gigabytes.
Finland came on top with 14.43 gigabytes, followed by Taiwan with 11.12 gigabytes and Japan with 5.11 gigabytes. Korea ranked higher than the United States with 3.86 gigabytes, Canada with 2.73 gigabytes and Britain with 2.65 gigabytes.
India (0.9 GB) and China (0.81 GB) turned out to have the per-capita monthly data use of less than 1 gigabytes. Key factors behind the surge in Korean smartphone users' data usage volume include the increasing trends toward video watching and mobile shopping.
Korean smartphone users' monthly data usage is forecast to reach 6.37 gigabytes this year, up 30 percent year on year.