Ads on news sites gobble up as much as 79% of users' mobile data
It's the principle reason that carriers like Three in Italy and the UK, and Digicel in the Caribbean, announced plans to roll out network-level mobile ad blocking for their customers. Shine, the company that provides that ad blocking technology, claims mobile ads use 10-50% of user's data plans.
The researchers concluded that it is reasonable to say advertising accounts for half of all the data used by publisher pages loaded over mobile data networks on the iPhone 6.
"Publisher mobile pages are bloated and advertising is an enormous part of that," Enders says in the study.
Entry-level mobile data plans start at around 500MB/month - which Enders says could be used to load the text of the King James Bible around 100 times. So "resource-hungry" advertising could clearly become a concern for some users. That's not to mention that ads can increase page-load time, Enders adds.
Google, Apple, and Facebook have all recently rolled out options for publishers to help reduce the "bloat" of ads within their articles and increase page load times - while still generating revenue - with the launches of Google AMP, Apple News, and Facebook Instant Articles. However, while all three of the initiatives have scores of publishers on board, many publishing executives are wary about handing too much control of their distribution over to third-parties.