By 2018, mobile video will represent 69% of global mobile data traffic, up from 53% in 2013, according to new data from technology group, Cisco.
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018 – by 2018, there will be 4.9 billion mobile users, up from 4.1 billion in 2013,
During this time there will also be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices/connections—including eight billion personal mobile devices and two billion M2M connections, up from seven billion total mobile-ready devices and M2M connections in 2013.
Cisco believes that the average global mobile network speeds will nearly double from 1.4 Mbps in 2013 to 2.5 Mbps by 2018.
Cisco’s forecast points to an annual run rate of 190 exabytes of mobile data traffic for 2018 which is equivalent to:
- 190 times more than all Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, fixed and mobile, generated in 2000; or
- 42 trillion images – 15 daily images per person on earth for a year; or
- 4 trillion video clips (e.g., YouTube)—more than one daily video clip per person on earth for a year.
An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes or one billion gigabytes.
The incremental amount of traffic being added to the mobile Internet just between 2017 and 2018 is 5.1 exabytes per month, which is more than three times the estimated size of the entire mobile Internet in 2013 (1.5 exabytes per month), Cisco said.
From 2013 to 2018, Cisco anticipates that global mobile traffic growth will outpace global fixed traffic growth by a factor of three.