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.
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.