The amount of Internet traffic of the world will quadruple by 2015 as the number of networked devices surpasses 15 billion, according to a report from Cisco.
The dramatic jump in Internet traffic will occur as a result of four key factors, Cisco says.
- More devices. Driven by demand for mobile phones, tablets, smart appliances, and other connected gadgets, the number of Internet-connected devices will be twice the number of people on the planet in another four years.
- More people. By 2015, almost 3 billion people will be surfing the Net, more than 40 percent of the world’s total population.
- Faster speeds. The average broadband speed is expected to jump to 28 megabits per second in 2015, up from 7 Mbps now.
- More videos. In another four years, 1 million minutes of video, or 764 days’ worth, will cross the Internet every second.
Computers accounted for 97 percent of all traffic last year. That number will drop to 87 percent by 2015, as more mobile devices hop online. As a result, mobile Internet traffic around the world will jump 26 times, to 75 exabytes per year or 6.3 exabytes per month in 2015.
The number of people accessing online video will increase by about 500 million users in another four years.
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