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Internet Will Be Four Times as Large in Four Years: Cisco

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Cisco has issued results of the annual Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016), the company’s ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide.
The results show by 2016, annual global IP traffic is forecast to be 1.3 zettabytes . The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes). There will be nearly 18.9 billion network connections―almost 2.5 connections for each person on earth. Internet users will go up to 3.4 billion and fixed broadband speed is expected to increase nearly fourfold, from 9 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2011 to 34 Mbps internationally and 4.2 fold within the country, from 1.5Mbps to 6Mbps. By 2016, over half of the world’s Internet traffic is expected to come from Wi-Fi connections. Mobile consumers are forecast to grow from 3.7 billion in 2011 to 4.5 billion by 2016. Globally, business Internet users are projected to grow from 1.6 billion in 2011 to 2.3 billion by 2016.
Commenting on the analysis, Sanjay Rohatgi, Senior Vice President, Service Provider, Cisco India & SAARC said, “The Internet plays a pivotal role, for emerging countries like India, to address its ambitions. The findings from the Cisco Visual Networking Index report, project a staggering growth for Internet traffic in India. Increasing video consumption, fuelled by adoption of new technologies like 3G and 4G and the government’s efforts towards the last mile connectivity will be the key drivers. Eventually, all these would h
elp India transition to a fully networked economy.” Suraj Shetty, Vice President of product and solutions marketing, Cisco added “Each of us increasingly connects to the network via multiple devices in our always-on connected lifestyles. Whether by video phone calls, movies on tablets, web-enabled TVs, or desktop video conferencing, the sum of our actions not only creates demand for zettabytes of bandwidth, but also dramatically changes the network requirements needed to deliver on the expectations of this ‘new normal’.”

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