Non-PCs will account for 49% of all IP traffic by 2017, 25% traffic will be driven by IPv6 devices [Report]

Non-PCs will account for 49% of all IP traffic, while smartphones and tablets will generate 21% of global IP traffic.

By 2017 3.6 billion people (nearly half the Earth’s population) will be connected to the Internet for communication,

1.4 zettabytes of IP traffic will traverse global IP networks by 2017, which equates to more than 1 trillion gigabytes or the equivalent of 1 billion DVDs per day for an entire year. These are some of the key prediction about Internet data from the Cisco Visual Networking Index, 2012-2017.


Some other predictions from the report:

  • Total global IP traffic will have grown three-fold by 2017. The traffic will grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 % from 2012 to 2017.

  • The Asia Pacific region will be the largest generator of traffic (36%) followed by North America (34%).

  • The Middle East and Africa will experience the fastest data traffic growth at 38% over five years.

  • Non-smartphones and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will have the greatest “device/connection share,” comprising 72% of all connected devices.

  • By 2017, wired devices will account for 45 % of IP traffic, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 55 % of IP traffic.

  • Non-PCs will account for 49% of all IP traffic, while smartphones and tablets will generate 21% of global IP traffic.

  • There will be nearly three networked devices per capita in 2017, compared to  two networked devices per capita in 2012. This means that the number of devices connected to IP networks will be nearly 3X as high as the global population in 2017.

  • Globally, the average fixed broadband speed will reach 39 Mbps and 55% of all global fixed broadband connections will be faster than 10 Mbps.

  • Metro IP traffic volume will be 2.4 times greater than long haul IP traffic.

  • 56% of all Internet traffic will come from Wi-Fi connections.

  • “Busy hour” Internet traffic will be three times greater than average hour Internet traffic.

  • Nearly 25% of all IP traffic will be driven by IPv6 devices/connections.

The Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012 to 2017 forecasts that mobile data traffic will reach 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. This increase would be seen partly due to growth in number of mobile internet connections.


Mobile & Smartphone Penetration in India

In India, where 900 million mobile connections are held by 300 million people in India, the internet penetration is only going to increase at exponential rate in the coming years. In 2012, the number of smartphones shipped to India grew 35% year over year to 15.2 million units. This trend would hopefully increase the number of subscribers accessing mobile data through their devices.

According to the Mary Meeker’s Internet Report, when it comes to absolute growth in total number of Internet users added (from 2008-12), China and India are leading the trend globally. In 2012 India stood 3rd on the list on Internet Population with 120 million Indians online. At this growth rate, India is expected to reach the second position on the list by 2015 with 350 million Indian online.

This surge in growth of smartphones, coupled with increasing broadband penetration and improving mobile data infrastructure is expected to drive India’s Internet economy in greater numbers in the coming future.

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