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.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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