According to an annual Cisco
System survey there were a staggering 10.3 billion internet connections in 2011
serving a host of laptop and desktop computers, mobile phones and tablet
users. Common place items that are being
internet enabled such as electric meters and televisions are also contributing
to the growth. Even though 10.3 billion
is a very large number, it doesn’t compare with the projected 18.9 billion
internet connections slated for 2016.
Globally that means there will be about 2.5 connections for every person
on the planet in 2016. "It is just
a staggering amount of growth facing global networks," stated Doug Webster,
senior director for service provider marketing at Cisco stated during a
presentation of Cisco's Visual Networking Index Forecast for 2011 to 2016.
According to the survey, the
biggest increases are slated to come from India, Brazil and South Africa. Each of these countries is expected to
experience a compound growth rate of over of 50 percent a year between 2011 and
2016, Cisco said. In 2016 PC’s will be
responsible for 81 percent of consumer internet traffic, compared with 94% in
2011. “More and more mobile devices are coming on the network that are causing
this growth," stated Webster. In
terms of highest level of internet traffic generated, the US is expected to be
highest with 22 Exabyte’s per month, followed by China with 12 Exabyte’s per month.
Mobile data traffic is expected increase 18 times to 10.8 Exabyte’s per month
between 2011 and 2016 according to the Cisco survey.