Mobile traffic from tablet devices expected to grow 205 fold


23 Feb 2011

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Mobile data traffic will increase 205 fold, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015, due to a projected surge in mobile internet-enabled devices delivering popular video applications and services, Cisco reported.

The Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast revealed the traffic increase is predicted as a result of compound annual growth rate of 92pc. Cisco revealed that two major global trends are driving these significant mobile data traffic increases, a continued increase in mobile-ready devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and widespread mobile video content consumption.

The study predicts that by 2015, more than 5.6bn personal devices will be connected to mobile networks, and there will also be 1.5bn machine-to-machine nodes, which is almost the equivalent of one mobile connection for every person in the world.

Mobile video is expected to represent 66pc of all mobile data traffic by 2015, growing 35 fold from 2010 to 2015. Mobile traffic originating from tablet devices are predicted to increase 205 fold from 2010 to 2015, which will be the highest growth rate of any device category tracked.

The Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast depends upon independent analyst forecasts and real-world mobile data usage studies. Cisco’s includes its own estimates for mobile application adoption, minutes of use, and transmission speeds. The study also includes mobile broadband speed and device computing power.

"Consumers and business users continue to demonstrate a healthy demand for mobile data services. The fact that global mobile data traffic increased 2.6-fold from 2009 to 2010, nearly tripling for the third year in a row, confirms the strength of the mobile internet. The seemingly endless bevy of new mobile devices, combined with greater mobile broadband access, more content, and applications of all types, especially video, are the key catalysts driving this remarkable growth," said Suraj Shetty, vice-president, Cisco.