Mobile data traffic to increase 18-fold by 2016 – CISCO
Between 2011 and 2016 the amount of mobile data traffic will grow at a compound annual rate of 78 percent as the number of mobile devices connected to the Internet exceeds the number of people on Earth in four years’ time, according to a study by Cisco.The United Nations projects that world population will reach 7.3 billion by 2016. By that time, according to Cisco’s annual visual networking index forecast, there will be more than 10 billion devices, generating global mobile data traffic of 10.8 exabytes per month.
That translates into around 130 exabytes of mobile data per year which is equivalent to 33 billion DVDs or 813 quadrillion text messages. While most of the devices driving mobile data traffic will be smartphones, ,laptops and other portable gadgets; M2M machine-to-machine connections are gaining momentum and by 2016 and are expected to reach 2 billion. Machine-to-machine connections (M2M) include GPS systems in cars, tracking systems in fleets and ships or meters to record energy consumption.
Mobile data, especially video, will put a strain on wireless networks and while service providers are increasingly offloading mobile traffic to their fixed-line networks, there is a need for additional spectrum to keep up with demand. Quality-of-service issues are seen to be arising in major metropolitan areas due to the increase in mobile data traffic.