Cisco VNI Forecast Projects 1.6 Zettabytes of Global IP Traffic by 2018
Last June, Cisco released an update to its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), 2013 – 2018. The forecast projects a global annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes IP traffic by 2018 (up from 614 exabytes of global IP traffic in 2013). A zettabyte certainly sounds like a big number (equivalent to 1 billion terabytes, external storage drives generally come in a terabyte denomination). But how can this forecast methodology be applied to an individual cable or a telecommunications provider’s footprint? Our updated Cable/Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (CT-SPAN) tool can help answer this question. CT-SPAN is developed using the latest VNI assumptions for fixed networks and enable you to quickly develop customized service provider scenarios to estimate the annual traffic forecasts and revenue. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Select your region and service provider type as well as some basic subscriber and network info.
2. Provide some high-level application info.
3. Start reviewing/analyzing your customized subscriber and network projections.
2014 CT-SPAN Enhancements
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Tags: cable, cable / telco service provider abstract network tool, ct-span tool, Service Provider, telco, telecommunications, visual networking index, vni
I recently had the pleasure to read an excellent article by one of our industry’s leading analysts, Mr. Gabriel Brown of Heavy Reading titled “Analyzing Apple & VoLTE”. In this article, he makes the observation, that Apple – which is well known for keeping a strong focus towards their customer’s enjoying a high quality of experience – has included Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in their newest iPhones. Mr. Brown goes on to quite rightly note that by including VoLTE, Apple makes the case that mobile operators now need an IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS core) and a functioning VoLTE service.
Figure 1: Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Forecast 2013-2018
While I absolutely agree that Apple has provided a strong endorsement to VoLTE by including support for this feature, I believe that the Apple iPhone6 support for Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Text over Wi-Fi maybe as important (or more so). Let me explain. VoLTE is really a fact of life, it is going to happen and as long as a cell phone supports LTE it will be able to make or receive VoLTE calls as long as the carrier implements to network accordingly. However, Wi-Fi has long been maligned as the poor step-child of mobile broadband. Mostly because it is unruly (unlicensed) and anyone can deploy it (don’t have to be a carrier). And while the distance limitations and handoffs (Wi-Fi to 3G or to LTE) play a big role too those issues are being addressed (at least by Cisco). However, several reports, including Cisco’s own well regarded Visual Networking Index (VNI) for Global Mobile Data Traffic, show that mobile data usage over Wi-Fi is over 40% in 2013. In fact, it is projected that there will be more traffic offloaded from cellular networks onto Wi-Fi than remain on cellular networks by 2018 (that’s less than four years away).
This news is not Read More »
Tags: Evolved Packet Core, LTE, mobility, Service Provider, visual networking index, vni, voice over lte, VoLTE, wi-fi, wireless
So great news! A couple hours ago, the LTE Asia Organizers tweeted:
Congrats to our #LTEAsia award winners: Best LTE Core Network Product @Cisco
Our Cisco ASR 5000 Series has been chosen the winner of the LTE Asia Best Core Product in the 1st Annual LTE Asia Event. Our ASR5000 Series is the market’s Read More »
Tags: Cisco ASR 5000 Series, Cisco Prime Fulfillment, Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core, EPC, esp, evolved services platform, IOT Cloud Connect, Jim O’Leary, LTE, M2M, QvPC, Service Provider, UCS, Virtualized packet core, visual networking index, vni
The Internet has emerged as one of the most powerful ways for businesses and consumers to communicate and learn. Its global reach, accessibility and speed have opened doors to areas of knowledge that in the past were available only to a privileged few. With the emergence of popular video-streaming services that deliver Internet video to the TV and other devices, content delivery networks (CDNs) have prevailed as a dominant method to deliver such content. However, the popularity of video and other IP-based multimedia is causing increased traffic for CDNs.
As consumers continue to demand greater amounts of high-quality content over the Internet, service providers (SPs) are finding it difficult to increase revenues while operating efficiently and containing costs. This is due mainly to two things: Read More »
Tags: cdn, Cisco, content delivery network, content providers, global ip traffic, ip traffic, ip video, online video, pure-play CDNs, Service Provider, service providers, SPs, visual networking index, vni, web video
Over the past two decades, Internet Protocol (IP) traffic has been on the rise and is anticipated to continue along a similar trajectory over the next five years. The increasing number of fixed and wireless devices and M2M nodes that are connecting to global IP networks is one of the primary contributors to global IP traffic growth. According to the Cisco’s Visual Networking Index™ Global Forecast and Service Adoption for 2013 to 2018, global IP traffic will increase nearly three-fold over the next five years. The growing number of Internet users and faster broadband speeds are also contributing to this traffic growth. However, another trend likely to increase global IP traffic is the increased use of video applications — online video streaming, live video feeds and video on demand (VoD), as well as various forms of video communications.
The Growth of IP Video
The world will reach 2.5 trillion Internet video minutes per month by 2018. That is nearly Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Content delivery networks, global ip traffic, ip traffic, ip video, NetFlix, network virtualization, Service Provider, Video On Demand, visual networking index, vni, VOD, youtube