Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast From Cisco Documents Continued Growth

According to the new Visual Networking Index report from Cisco, mobile Internet use is expected to surge 66% each year for the next five years.

By 2017, Cisco predicts, as internet users migrate away from desktop computers towards mobile devices, mobile data will outgrow global land-line data traffic by three times. Cisco predicts an average mobile user each month will consume 10 hours of video, 15 hours of music, plus make five video calls and download 15 apps.

There will be an estimated 5.2 billion people using mobile phones in 2017, up from 4.3 billion in 2012. There will also be about 1.7 billion connected machines, anything from home appliances to a car console components in five years.

Cisco reports global mobile data traffic grew 70% in 2012, with growth rates fluctuating widely by region. Western Europe, in particular, experienced a slowdown in mobile data traffic, with growth of 44% in 2012, substantially lower than the global average.  At the same time, mobile data traffic in the Asia Pacific area grew at 95% in 2012, a near-doubling of traffic.

The Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update is part of the comprehensive Cisco VNI Forecast, an ongoing initiative to track and forecast the impact of visual networking applications on global networks. For a complete copy of this report which presents some of Cisco’s major global mobile data traffic projections and growth trends, contact your Shaker Recruitment Advertising & Communications Account Executive.

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