Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index, issued today, reveals several important shifts in how people worldwide are using the Internet-including a rise in machine-to-machine and wireless communications, as well as a rise in Internet video traffic.

Although Telecompetitor readers may be aware of some of these shifts, they may not have realized the magnitude of some of them.

Here are some of the more dramatic data points found in the Cisco VNI report:

  • Global IP traffic has increased eightfold over the past five years and will increase fourfold over the next five years, reaching nearly a zettabye by the end of 2015.


  • IP traffic per capita will reach 11 gigabytes in 2015, up from 3 gigabytes per capita in 2010.


  • Traffic from wireless devices will exceed traffic from wired devices by 2015, when they will account for 54% of IP traffic—up from 37% in 2010.


  • Mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic from 2010 to 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015.


  • The number of devices connected to IP networks will be twice as high as the global population in 2015.


  • By 2015 the non-PC share of Internet traffic will grow to 15%, up from only 3% in 2010.


  • While PC-originated traffic will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33%; TVs, tablets, smartphones and m2m modules will have growth rates of 101%, 216%, 144% and 258%, respectively.


  • Internet video, which is now 40% of consumer Internet traffic, will reach 62% by the end of 2015.

Cisco’s latest research builds on wireless research that the company released earlier this year.

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