Internet Traffic Will Quadruple in 2016Added: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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Believe it or not, but Cisco recently predicted that data explosion would soon break zettabyte barrier. Press reports confirm that online data will reach even more mind boggling growth, with the company predicting a 4-fold increase to IP traffic by 2016.
Analysts from Cisco expect global IP traffic to reach 1.3 zettabytes by 2016, which is equivalent to 1.3 trillion gigabytes being sent across the globe. You can also measure this in 38,000,000 DVDs streamed over an hour. In fact, it is around 4 times the traffic seen last year.
Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2011-2016, published by Cisco, says that this rapid growth is being driven by several factors. It also says that the sheer weight of number of devices which are connected will continue increasing due to tablets and smartphones that are already pushing demand for connectivity, as well as machine to machine communications.
Cisco’s report estimated that there will be around 2.5 connections for each person on the planet in 4 years, with connected devices increasing massively from 10.3 to 18.9 billion. Meanwhile, the number of actual Internet users is expected to grow to 3.4 billion. At the same time, over 50% of the world’s traffic will come from Wi-Fi, so Cisco is expected to rub its hands with glee at the thought of router sales if the analysts’ predictions prove right.
According to the report, faster broadband speeds are going to contribute to more information being flung through the ether, while average speeds increase from 9 Mbps last year to 34 Mbps in 2016. As or video, it will provide a basis for much of the growth, because there will be 1.5 billion video users, sending 1.2 million video minutes per second in 2016. At the same time, video conferencing for businesses is predicted to see a boom, with the number of business Internet users growing from 1.6 to 2.3 billion.
The report also overviews the growth of separate regions. For example, Asia Pacific region is expected to see the most significant increase in IP traffic – around 40.5 exabytes a month, while North America will only see 27.5 exabytes per month. However, the fastest growing regions are predicted to be the Middle East and Africa, which will get a compound growth rate of 58%.
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|its impossible, considering that nearly 46% of the world already has internet, You cant quadrouple 46%.....|
|posted by (2012-06-03 06:30:17)|
|^^read dude, read....^^|
article reads "IP traffic" / "Internet traffic" will quadruple, not number of internet users.
ppl these days have poor comprehension skills
|What good is having this speed when ISP's have data caps; your just going to run into it allot sooner.|
COMCAST states they are dropping their data cap; BUT may be charging like 10.00 dollars for each 50GB over their 300 GIG per month. HUH?
They say no cap BUT 300gig and then charging in a so called tier scheme?
I don't know what you think BUT again having additional charges over this 300 gig -LIMIT- per month still is a cap to me?
Also COMCAST has no -CAP- on their media services; read the article and you will wonder what they are smoking.
My ISP really has no -CAP- and they don't -throttle- I am on their 25mbps package and can go to 50mbps for 99.00 per month.
Here is the article link: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404557,00.asp
Comcast Ditching 250GB Data Caps, Exploring New Options
Chloe Albanesius By Chloe Albanesius
May 17, 2012 02:20pm EST
Comcast on Thursday announced plans to ditch its current 250GB data cap for residential Internet customers in favor of a plan that will provide at least 300GB of data per month.
In the next few months, the provider will be trying out two approaches in select markets: a 300GB monthly cap for basic service and higher caps for more advanced levels of service, plus $10 for an additional 50GB; or 300GB for all tiers of service and $10 for 50GB more. Comcast said it has not yet determined what the data limits would be for the higher tiers with the first option.
"In both approaches, we'll be inreasing the initial data usage threshold for our customers from today's 250 GB per month to at least 300 GB per month," said Cathy Avgiris, executive vice president and general manager for Communications and Data Services at Comcast.
In markets where Comcast is not testing these options, it will suspend enforcement of the current 250GB data cap.
Comcast said it has not yet determined which markets will be involved in its trials. The company will "test different models in a couple different markets," Avgiris said.
"In the vast majority of our footprint," the data cap will be suspended while we conduct the tests, David L. Cohen, Comcast executive vice president said during a conference call with reporters.
Those test will begin as soon as Comcast has "operational readiness" and is able to notify customers, Avgiris said.
Comcast first introduced data caps for its residential customers in Oct. 2008. That came after accusations in 2007 that Comcast was cutting off bandwidth hogs without warning. Consumer groups filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, resulting in an enforcement action against Comcast - and the birth of the FCC's activity on net neutrality.
Comcast denied any wrongdoing, but it agreed to abide by the non-discrimination policies laid out by the FCC, and implemented its 250GB residential cap. But the issue kicked off a tug of war between ISPs and the FCC over how much oversight the agency should have on the issue.
Today, Comcast stressed that it "never had any intention to limit the lawful use of the Internet or restrict our customers' ability to view online video."
In a conference call, Cohen said that "even today, only a very small number of our customers have ever even come close to the [250GB] cap."
Cohen said Comcast is not comfortable giving out specific numbers, but he acknowledged that "the vast, vast majority of our customers will be totally unaffected by this announcement."
When asked why Comcast would increase the limit if most customers are not even coming close to hitting the cap, Cohen said "it's a matter of messasging way more than it's a message of capacity."
"We want you to feel free to use Netfix and YouTube and Hulu," he said. "We want to send a signal that our network is robust ... and we don't need to use four-year-old terminology in terms of having a static byte cap to deal with data-management usage on our high-speed data service. We believe we can use these more flexible, more consumer-friendly, [and] improved data-mangement practices.
Heavy users who bump up against the caps will be provided with notifications, Avgiris said, but those who don't alter their usage will incur additional fees. The trial, however, will provide more details on how best to pursue that, she said.
Why now? Cohen said that "a lot has changed in the last four years," pointing to new technologies and the growth in online video usage.
"For the last six months we have been analyzing the market and our process and think that now is the time to begin to move to a new plan," Avgiris said. "This conclusion was only reinforced when, in recent weeks, some of the conversation around our new product introductions focused on our data usage threshold, rather than on the exciting opportunities we are offering our customers."
Yesterday, Comcast rolled out Skype video calling to customer's living rooms. Cohen said today that that app will count against a monthly data cap, but "we do not ancitipate that [it] will push any of our customers to go over any of the data use thresholds."
Recently, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings criticized Comcast for not imposing its data cap on Comcast's Xfinity TV service for the Xbox 360. Hastings said this ran afoul of net neutrality rules, but Comcast said its Xfinity TV/Xbox 360 service does not run over the public Internet and is not subject to open Internet rules.
For its part, Netflix allows users to manage their video quality if they want to avoid hitting Internet data caps.
|posted by (2012-06-03 11:19:35)|
|@menahunie : Not everyone is subject to data caps (thank God !) - In a lot of countries having no data limit is the norm. (Here there is not a single dsl or cable ISP having a data cap - it wouldn't be competitive).|
In countries who do have data caps, the ideal would be for a new ISP to enter the market, and propose plans without caps (for the same price as the rivals caped plans) - a few years later everyone would have to drop the limits (assuming the new ISP survive all the crap it's gonna get from lobbies, ...) to stay competitive.
(Depending on the country introducing new uncapped plans may be difficult but the fact it exists in a lot of other countries prove it's possible to do so and stay profitable)
|posted by (2012-06-03 14:22:53)|
|Too Funny, "Published by Cisco"|
Sounds like a wild guess, but of course it will at least double . . .
Simply by adding all the New users as China grows out its infrastructure
With 4G giving me 5-Megs of bandwidth, again an Obvious increase
Cisco must be trying to improve their stock prices? LOL
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