Internet traffic to reach 1,060 exabytes this year
Internet is growing exponentially hence changing the way people communicate. According to Cisco, a networking company that supplies internet infrastructure, the total amount of traffic will reach around 1,060 exabytes, or just over one zettabyte.
In addition, internet traffic will double by 2019, with much of the growth driven by huge increase in mobile data use. Mobile data will grow at an average rate of 57 per cent a year, although most internet traffic will continue to be made up of fixed broadband.
“Global IP traffic will reach 1.1 zettabytes per year or 88.4 exabytes (one billion gigabytes) per month in 2016. By 2019, global IP traffic will pass a new milestone figure of 2.0 zettabytes per year, or 168.0 exabytes per month.”Cisco wrote.
Records from the company also show that the number of devices connected to IP networks will be three times as high as the global population in 2019. There will be three networked devices per capita by 2019, up from nearly two networked devices per capita in 2014.
Accelerated in part by the increase in devices and the capabilities of those devices, IP traffic per capita will reach 22 GB per capita by 2019, up from 8 GB per capita in 2014. Broadband speeds will double by 2019. By 2019, global fixed broadband speeds will reach 43 Mbps, up from 20 Mbps in 2014.” The company added.
Rise of video streaming
The increase in network traffic will raise investment in infrastructure and other things like video streaming.
Video streaming will make up 41 per cent of all internet data this year, rising to 54 per cent in 2019. By then, Cisco says, less than half of all internet traffic will have come from PCs, as connected TV devices, smartphones and tablets account for more data.
The strain in internet traffic will be felt in busy hours. The report provides that Traffic during the busiest hour of the day will increase 3.4 times between 2014 and 2019, compared to 2.8 times for average traffic.