Higher broadband speeds, online live streaming, growing Internet adoption, Internet of Things and next-generation wireless networks will almost triple global IP traffic and increase IP traffic in the United States by 2.5 times, according to a new report by Cisco.
Worldwide, Internet traffic reached 96,054 petabytes per month last year, this year's Visual Networking Index study found. By 2021, global traffic will reach 278,108 petabytes per month, the vendor predicts. In the US alone, users generated 31,352 petabytes per month of Internet traffic and will hit 79,640 petabytes a month by 2021, Cisco said.
Video will account for 82% of all traffic by 2021 versus 73% in 2016, the report said. That category includes the gamut, from OTT to traditional TV to website video, Cisco found. The news provides additional incentive to service providers like AT&T and Verizon to continue their video investments -- and to all operators to continue beefing up ultra-broadband offerings to support these bandwidth-hungry services.
They'll accomplish this, in part, by continuing to speed broadband networks. Globally, 48% of fixed broadband connections will be faster than 50 Mbit/s compared with 20.8% today, VNI said.
And apparently households that have access to fiber and high-speed Internet use the service liberally -- and will continue to do so, Cisco's research showed. Worldwide, the average FTTx Internet household will generate 183.2 Gbit/s of Internet traffic monthly in 2021; that's 11.4% more than other broadband residences, the study said. These households generated 84.4 Gbit/s of Internet traffic monthly last year or almost 28% more than other broadband homes, VNI reported.
Deutsche Telekom just signed an infrastructure project with the Gigabit Region Stuttgart, home to 174 municipalities and almost 3 million people, one of many partnerships the German operator has inked in its bid to grow revenue and business.
Mobile and cable operators represented half the managed SD-WAN services market share in this fast-growing space, while other broadband providers such as ISPs and satellite operators also appeared on Vertical Systems Group's ranking.
By slashing subscriber pricing by more than $30 billion annually, Low Earth Orbit satellite companies led by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as well as OneWeb have the potential to usher in a whole new era of broadband.
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