Today, Cisco released the updated VNI Global IP Traffic and Service Adoption Forecasts, 2013 – 2018 (see media release). The key drivers of global IP traffic growth (network users, devices/connections, broadband speeds, and video consumption) continue to show increases that will create a greater global demand for IP network resources:
By 2018, there will be nearly four billion global Internet users (about 52% of the world’s population), up from 2.5 billion in 2013
By 2018, there will be 21 billion networked devices and connections globally, up from 12 billion in 2013
Globally, the average fixed broadband connection speed will increase 2.6-fold, from 16 Mbps in 2013 to 42 Mbps by 2018
Globally, IP video will represent 79% of all traffic by 2018, up from 66% in 2013
As a result of these fundamentals, we are projecting that global IP traffic will grow three-fold from 2013 to 2018 --reaching 1.6 Zettabytes annually by 2018 (a 21% CAGR over the forecast period).
Wearable technology continues to advance and will produce countless opportunities for wearers, as we move forward into the future. New connections, new technology and emerging solutions enabled by wearables will change nearly every aspect of our lives.
Our capabilities when it comes to technology today seem nearly endless. New devices are becoming smaller, smarter and more efficient. Think back to the television of 20 years ago. It pales in comparison to the television options available today. Years ago, TVs were pretty standard in terms of what you could expect. Today, the options are much more expansive, including things such as display size, width, depth, and technology behind the TV screen’s display. This sort of technology evolution is currently happening right now in terms of wearable technologies and the Internet of Everything (IoE).
Wearable technology currently resides in an early adopter phase. However, Read More »
We’re generating digital information at an exponential rate. It’s coming from more devices that are more connected than ever and getting smarter all the time.
In 2013, global mobile data traffic stood at 1.5 exabytes per month – the equivalent of 4,100 text messages each second.
By 2018, that will reach 15.9 exabytes per month – or 43,709 text messages each second! And 96% of that mobile data traffic will be “smart” traffic!
Welcome to the next wave of the Internet – the Internet of Everything. Imagine the amount of data we’re creating in this evolving digital world as more and more people and things connect. Technologies like cloud and mobility are fueling this growth – with the cloud as key enabler in helping us make sense of this data deluge. Global data center traffic is expected to triple by 2017, and cloud services and applications will make up 69% of that traffic.
Data itself (or simply storing it in the cloud) only gets you so far, however. The value lies in what you do with it, gaining insight and knowledge derived from data to empower your life and lead you to greater wisdom. That’s the real power behind connectivity. On a personal level, it calls for taking ownership of your “digital self,” leveraging cloud-enabled services not just for storage but to “talk” and interact with the digital world in a dynamic way and in real time. This can lead us to understand aspects of ourselves in ways never before possible – and harness actionable data to make better decisions that improve our lives.
The number of mobile users is growing: By 2018, more than 64% of the world’s population (7.6 billion people) will be mobile users.
The number of mobile end user devices and connections is increasing: By 2018, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices/connections--including 8 billion personal mobile devices and 2 billion M2M connections.
The mobile networks are becoming faster: Average global mobile network speeds will nearly double from 2013 to 2018.
So what are these ever-increasing number of mobile users doing with more devices on faster connections? According to our analysis, mobile subscribers are using a variety of services ranging from text-based simple services to interactive multi-media mobile services such as video streaming and communications.
As mobile operators make significant investments to deploy higher performing next-generation technologies, they are coming up with innovative ideas to monetize these networks by creating new business models to offer customer value. An example of this innovative approach is Bharti Airtel’s One Rupee Mobile Video Service, which addresses the end-user affordability issue while Read More »