According to a recently released report from Cisco, mobile traffic is poised to explode over the next five years — which isn’t a terribly surprising conclusion in itself, but the magnitude they’re talking about is.
In 2009, we used a total of 1.09 exabytes of data on mobile broadband networks worldwide, or 0.09 exabytes a month; by 2014, Cisco predicts we will consume a total of 43 exabytes, or 3.6 EB a month. That’s a factor of 39 — and keep in mind that an exabyte is one billion gigabytes.
GigaOM has broken down some more of Cisco’s stats:
Coincidentally, Cisco will also be making an announcement at 10:00am EST today geared towards service providers about how to “supercharge the mobile Internet:” “Prepare for new developments from Cisco that will help service providers create new experiences. On February 9, 2010, what’s next will help enable new services, reduce costs and transform businesses. Be there to see what’s possible when you supercharge the mobile Internet.” Wonder what that’s all about?
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