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May 31, 2012

Cisco News - Worldwide Devices and Connections Have Been Predicted to Double According to Annual Cisco VNI Forecast

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Cisco (News - Alert) recently released the results of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016), states by 2016, annual global IP traffic will be 1.3 zettabytes. The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011.

As a part of its VNI initiative, Cisco is focused on forecasting and analyzing Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide. Cisco has also reportedly developed a new complementary study -- the Cisco VNI Service Adoption Forecast, which includes global and regional residential, consumer mobile, and business services growth rates.

The report also maintained that the average global IP traffic in 2016 is expected to reach 150 petabytes per hour, the equivalent of 278 million people streaming an HD movie (at an average streaming speed of 1.2 Mbps) simultaneously.

The report predicted that by 2016, the Asia Pacific region will outpace North America in generating IP traffic.

According to the report, during the period, the Middle East and Africa will remain the fastest-growing IP-traffic regions.

In a press release, Cisco explained that this significant level of traffic growth and service penetration is driven by a number of factors, such as a surge in the number of devices and Internet users, faster broadband speed, more video and Wi-Fi growth. Global mobile Internet data traffic is forecasted to increase 18 times from 2011 to 2016,

The report came up with many interesting predictions, for example, by 2016, TVs are expected to account for over six percent of global consumer Internet traffic. Globally, digital TV is expected to be the fastest-growing digital television service, going from 694 million subscribers in 2011 to 1.3 billion subscribers in 2016. Global mobile Internet data traffic is forecasted to increase 18 times from 2011 to 2016, to 10.8 exabytes per month

“Each of us increasingly connects to the network via multiple devices in our always-on connected lifestyles. Whether by video phone calls, movies on tablets, Web-enabled TVs, or desktop video conferencing, the sum of our actions not only creates demand for    pettabytes of bandwidth, but also dramatically changes the network requirements needed to deliver on the expectations of this 'new normal,” vice president of product and solutions marketing at Cisco, Suraj Shetty (News - Alert), commented in a statement.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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