Mobile Data Traffic to Increase Elevenfold by 2018

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-10-2014 Email

Worldwide mobile data traffic will increase by almost a factor of 11 during the next four years, according to the "Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013-2018" report. It is forecast to reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes (EBs) by 2018, 57 times the total amount of mobile data traffic in 2010. The projected increase is due in part to growth in the number of mobile Internet connections for personal devices and machine-to-machine communication. The projected run rate would be more than all IP traffic, fixed and mobile, generated in 2000. "Such growth is not only indicative of mobility becoming a critical characteristic of almost every network experience in the value that customers and businesses alike place on it," says Cisco Vice President Doug Webster, "but it also represents the immense opportunities ahead for service providers who sit at the center of the Internet of Everything." Traffic added monthly between 2017 and 2018 is expected to be 5.1 EB, more than three times the estimated size of the entire mobile Internet in 2013, which was 1.5 EB per month. To read the complete report, click here

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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