Cisco: Mobile Data Traffic To Grow Tenfold by 2019

The rapid growth in smartphone data over the past few years shows no sign of abating any time soon. On the contrary, the amount of information smartphones, tablets and other digital devices send into the ether is expected to increase by almost an entire order of magnitude by 2019, according to a new report from Cisco.

That means data levels will grow from around 30 exabytes in 2014 to 292 exabytes before the end of the decade. To give a sense of scale, that would represent 292 times all the IP traffic, fixed and mobile, that was generated in the year 2000.

Billions of Mobile Devices

More mobile users, more mobile connections and faster mobile speeds will be the key factors driving traffic data over the next half-decade, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019.

Cisco predicts that there will be 5.2 billion mobile users by then, up from 4.3 billion in 2014. Not only will there be more users, they will be using more devices than ever. The report estimates the world will have approximately 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices at that time.

The way in which people use their devices is also changing, according to the report. By 2018, mobile video will represent 72 percent of global mobile data traffic, up from 55 percent in 2014. All that video will be flying around at much faster rates, too. According to Cisco, average global mobile network speeds will increase 2.4 fold, from 1.7 Mbps in 2014 to 4.0 Mbps in 2019.

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