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Ericsson is making headlines with a new forecast that mobile data traffic will grow tenfold over the next five years as the number of mobile broadband subscribers skyrockets from less than one billion to more than five billion. While that may sound daunting for network operators, though, my colleague Stacey Higginbotham points out that Ericsson’s predicted consumption of mobile data is roughly half that of Cisco’s, and it follows Ericsson’s prediction several months ago that data traffic won’t swamp mobile networks. But Ericsson also predicts that heavily populated cities will see an enormous increase in data consumption. So it behooves those cities to work with carriers and others to deploy Wi-Fi and other technologies that can take the strain off the network.