This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re talking about a recent article from @FierceWireless. According to the article, Cisco’s annual report estimates that over the next five years mobile data traffic will reach 11.2 exabytes–a billion gigabytes–per month. See the excerpt from the article pasted below–
Mobile subscribers in North America and the Asia-Pacific region will be the drivers of a 13-fold growth rate in global mobile data traffic from 2012 – 2017, according to a new report from Cisco Systems.
Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast report indicates that North American mobile subscribers will continue to consume the most data per subscriber per month of anyone else in the world. However, subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region will account for 47.1 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2017, up from 35 percent in 2012–making the Asia-Pacific region the largest in terms of data consumption.
Cisco’s annual report is widely cited every year by carriers and vendors alike as a key benchmark for measuring and predicting data traffic, and also as a data point to justify calls for network investment, traffic management technologies and more spectrum.