Internet Traffic to Skyrocket by 2015, Cisco Says

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Internet traffic around the world will quadruple by 2015 as global network connections reach 15 billion.

A new report by Cisco shows that global Internet traffic will reach 966 exabytes a year in four years. One Exabyte equals 1 million terabytes or 1 billion gigabytes.

Global IP traffic will reach 80.5 exabytes per month by 2015, that’s up from about 20.2 exabytes per month in 2010.

The study said that the increase in traffic is due to several reasons. One reason is the amount of Internet-connected devices will be twice the number of people on the planet in four years.

Other reasons are that by 2015, 3 billion people will be online, average broadband speeds will spike to 28 megabits per second, that’s up from 7 MBPS now and 1 million minutes of video will cross the Internet every second.

The report also said the number of computer traffic will drop from 97 percent this year to 87 percent by 2015 resulting in an increase of global mobile Internet traffic by 26 times to 7 exabytes per year or 6 exabytes per month by 2015.

By that year, about 500 million people will access online video and web-enabled TVs will carve out their share of more data accounting for 10 percent of all consumer Internet traffic and 18 percent of online video traffic by 2015.