Video — already the biggest component of Internet traffic — will account for more than 50% by the end of next year and reach 62% by the end of 2015, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index Forecast.
By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, more than 40% of the world’s projected population and there will be more than 15 billion network-connected devices by then, according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2010-2015.
Other highlights from the Cisco study:
* By 2015, every second 1 million minutes of video — the equivalent of 674 days — will traverse global Internet protocol networks. Cisco forecasts that all forms of video (TV, video on demand, Internet, and peer-to-peer) will be approximately 90% of global consumer traffic by then.
* PCs will generate 87% of consumer Internet traffic by 2015, down from 97% in 2010, because of growing use of devices like tablets, smartphones and Internet-connected TVs.
* Mobile Internet data traffic will increase 26-fold from 2010 to 2015, to 6.3 Exabytes per month (or 75 Exabytes annually).