Number of internet connected devices to grow 3X number of population by 2020: CISCO

Business Internet traffic will grow at a faster pace than IP WAN, Middle East to grow fastest and Asia Pacific to have largest volume. Mobile traffic to have the highest growth in business and surpass global IP traffic by 2020

Annual global IP traffic will reach 2.3 zettabyte (ZB) by 2020, from already 1.1 ZB (equivalent to one billion gigabytes) per month in 2016 as per CISCO’s Visual Networking Index 2016. A considerable segment of IP traffic will be generated by a relatively new section called, ‘connected device’. The number of devices connected to IP networks will be three times as high as the global population in 2020, as per Cisco report. As per the report, 3.4 devices per capita will be networked in 2020, up from 2.2 networked devices per capita in 2015.


The highest growth will be shown by smart phones followed by machine to machine connections with 58% and 48% CAGR respectively, as per the report


Virtual reality traffic will quadrupled in 2015, from 4.2 PB per month in 2014 to 17.9 PB per month in 2015. Globally, virtual reality traffic will increase 61-fold between 2015 and 2020, a CAGR of 127%, according to the research.


Businesses by virtue of sharing documents and increases number of advanced video communication will mark a high share in internet traffic. Business Internet traffic will grow at a faster pace than IP WAN. IP WAN will grow at a CAGR of 6%, compared with a CAGR of 21% for fixed business Internet and 47% for mobile business Internet as per the report.


Mobile data will see the highest growth in business communications matching the global trend where mobile data traffic will take an edge over IP traffic, growing at a CAGR of 53% and reaching 30.6 EB per month by 2020, as per VNI. Highest growth in terms of mobile data will be seen in the Asia Pacific region.

Business IP traffic will grow at a CAGR of 18% from 2015 to 2020, as per the report. Fastest Business IP traffic growth will be in the Middle East and Africa at CAGR of 21%, a faster pace than the global average of 18%, according to report.


In volume, Asia Pacific will have the largest amount of business IP traffic in 2020, at 11.4 EB per month. IP traffic in Asia Pacific will reach 67.8 EB per month by 2020, at a CAGR of 22%, says VNI. Monthly Internet traffic in Asia Pacific will generate 14 billion DVDs’ worth of traffic, or 56.4 EB per month, as per CISCO.

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