In its June 2016 VNI global IP traffic forecast report, Cisco offers some facts and figures for anyone interested in building their online presence.
Cisco tells us that IP traffic across the world will increase nearly three times over the next 5 years.
This is a 100-fold increase from 2005 to 2020
Internet traffic across the globe by 2020 will be the equivalent to 95 times the volume of the entire global Internet that existed in 2005.
Then there’s how much data we are using with internet traffic reaching 21 GB per capita by 2020, up from 7 GB per capita in 2015.
Overall, IP traffic will grow to 22 percent from 2015 to 2020.
As well, smartphone traffic will exceed personal computer traffic by 2020 and will account for 30 percent of total IP traffic by 2020, up from 8 percent in 2015.
It is estimated that by 2020 PCs will account for only 29 percent of traffic
While in 2015, PCs accounted for 53 percent of total IP traffic.
That’s certainly a significant drop.
Cisco also reveal that TVs, tablets, smartphones, and machine-to-machine modules will have traffic growth rates of 17 percent, 39 percent, 58 percent, and 44 percent, respectively.
By 2020, the number of devices connected to IP networks will be three times as high as the world’s population.
There will be 3.4 networked devices per capita by 2020, up from 2.2 networked devices per capita in 2015.
Also, broadband speeds will nearly double by 2020.
By 2020, global fixed broadband speeds will reach 47.7 Mbps, up from 24.7 Mbps in 2015.
These figures are not surprising when we consider that less than half the population of the world is connected online.
Once parts of the world do connect to the internet, these figures may be blown out of the water even more so.