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Full Speed Ahead Traffic to Increase 18X by 2016

Today in a global webcast from the Royal Opera House in London, we announced our annual Cisco Visual Networking Index Mobile Forecast, 2011-2016, to a global audience.  While some people may have been anticipating a decrease in mobile traffic considering the importance service providers are placing on mobile traffic offload and the tiered pricing plans being put in place for subscriber, just the opposite occurred.  Even in the face of those downward pressures along with the continuing economic uncertainties, the total amount of traffic in the forecast period is expected to soar 18-fold from 2011 to 2016, reaching 130 exabytes annually.  To put that amount into perspective, an exabyte is 10 to the 18th power of bytes which is a large number in its own right;  130 exabytes is the data equivalent of having 33 billion DVDs streamed in the airwaves around us each year. Read More »

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