IP networks are under increasingly large demands, as we access them from numerous of devices for a wide range of applications, like video, social networking, collaboration and unified communications, and much more.
Cisco recently released its 2015 Virtual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019. The forecast tracks the impact of current visual networking applications on global networks, as well as predicting their trajectory to help businesses prepare for the future.
Focusing on North America, let’s look at some of the highlights from the VNI Forecast:
2014 in Review
- Business mobile traffic grew by 60%
- Business mobile traffic reached 125.8 Petabytes per month
- The volume of mobile traffic in 2014 was 31x the volume in 2009 (a difference of five years)
- Mobile data traffic grew 2.8x faster than fixed IP traffic
- Smartphones, laptops, and tablets all have generated more mobile traffic per month than they did in 2013
- Mobile traffic data accounts for 3% of fixed and mobile data traffic
Predictions for 2019
- Business mobile traffic will grow at a compound annual rate of 46% from 2014 to 2019
- Business mobile traffic will reach 837.5 Petabytes per month
- The volume of mobile traffic in 2019 will be 210x the volume in 2009 (a difference of ten years)
- Mobile traffic will grow 3x faster than fixed IP traffic from 2014 to 2019
- Mobile traffic data will account for 8% of fixed and mobile data traffic by 2019
- North America will have the largest regional share of wearable technology (33%) by 2019
The forecast suggests that both machine to machine (M2M) connections and wearable end-user devices have major opportunities for growth in the upcoming years. These will increase pressure on networks and add to mobile traffic as they become widely used.
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