Mobile Data Traffic Will Skyrocket

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Mobile data traffic in 2018 will equal 190 times more than all of the IP traffic—fixed and mobile— generated in 2000.

Worldwide mobile data traffic will increase elevenfold over the next four years, accounting for 18 exabytes per month, according to a recent forecast from Cisco. The accompanying report, the "Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018," reveals that the number of mobile Internet connections will grow as well, exceeding 10 billion by 2018. (That will be 1.4 times greater than the expected number of people on the planet at that time.) Interestingly, this mobile Internet connection growth will be fueled not only by the huge surge in demand for personal devices, but also by the rise in machine-to-machine interactions (the Internet of things). The report, which is packed with a wide range of metrics-driven information, offers a clear sense of where mobile demand is heading. That's valuable information for individuals who plan to continue working in the technology space and will have to manage this huge spike in demand. The research was compiled from independent analyst forecasts, real-world mobile data usage studies and Cisco's projections.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-12
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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