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Cisco Predicts Internet Traffic Will Quadruple By 2015

June 2, 2011

According to a forecast by networking giant Cisco, global online traffic will quadruple by 2015, as the number of gadgets linked to the Internet jumped to 15 billion.

Cisco predicted that by the year 2015, nearly three billion people, which is over 40 percent of the expected world population, will be using the Internet.

“The explosive growth in Internet data traffic, especially video, creates an opportunity in the years ahead for optimizing and monetizing visual, virtual and mobile Internet experiences,” Cisco vice president Suraj Shetty said in a statement.

Cisco said personal computers generated 97 percent of consumer Internet traffic last year, but the share will drop to 87 percent in the next four years as more people turn to smartphones, tablets, and Web-enabled televisions.

Online video traffic was projected to be 14 times greater in 2015 compared to last year.

According to Cisco’s fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast, a million minutes of video will traverse the Internet every second in 2015.

Mobile data traffic was expected to increase by 26 times during the same period.

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