Global IP traffic will triple by 2019

Kit maker’s latest Visual Networking Index predicts 51% of world’s population will be online in four years’ time.

Global annual IP traffic will triple between 2014 and 2019 to reach 2 zettabytes, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), published this week.

Annual IP traffic is due to reach 1 zettabyte – equal to 1 trillion gigabytes – in 2016.

“It will take only three additional years to reach the next zettabyte milestone,” predicted Doug Webster, vice president of service provider products and solutions marketing at Cisco, on Wednesday.

The increase will be driven by a number of trends, including growth in the number of Internet users, personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. Faster broadband connections and the adoption of bandwidth-hungry services like video and music streaming, and gaming will also play a role.

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