It’s a staggering number.
Cisco said this week there will be 13 times more mobile data traffic around the globe in 2017 than there was just last year. It’s just one prediction in the equipment giant’s annual Visual Networking Index.
Online data traffic will equal 11.2 exabytes per month that’s 1 billion gigabytes. The reason for the predicted increase is simple: strong growth in the number of mobile Internet connections personal devices and machine-to-machine applications which will exceed the world’s population (U.N. estimate: 7.6 billion) by 2017.
Multiply 11.2 by 12 and you get 134 exabytes per year. For a little more perspective on that massive number, how’s this?: Mobile traffic will be 134 times all IP traffic that was generated in 2000; 134 exabytes is equivalent to sending 30 trillion images (10 images every day for every person on Earth for one year) or 3 trillion video clips (one clip daily for each person on Earth for one year).
The projected increase in traffic represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) or 66 percent. Can we buy stock in this?!
Cisco says mobile traffic will outgrow fixed data traffic by a factor of three to one between 2012 and 2017. Other trends reported in the Index include:
“With such dramatic adoption, we are rapidly approaching the time when nearly every network experience will be a mobile one and, more often than not, a visual one as well,” said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider networking marketing, Cisco. “This trend is a result of the seemingly insatiable demand by consumers and businesses alike to achieve the benefits gained when connecting people, data, and things in an Internet of Everything.”
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