Cisco paints incredibly vivid 2016 mobile data picture

Cisco paints incredibly vivid 2016 mobile data pictureThis week, Cisco posted a spanking new whitepaper with a rather fantastic name. Ladies and gentlemen (deep breath), meet the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI): Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011–2016.

It’s seriously the longest thing ever (that’s what she said), packed full of stats and graphs and tables. I mean, I like a good bowlful of stats myself, but this is like trying to eat 10 Big Macs in one sitting. Mmm, Big Macs… I know where I'm going for dinner.

I’ve taken one for the team and scanned through the massive beast. Here are, I believe, some of the most interesting stats:

  • In 2016, monthly global data use will top 10 exabytes (10 x 1,000,000 terabytes)
  • The average smartphone will generate 2.6GB of traffic monthly in 2016 (currently 150MB)
  • Over 100 million smartphone users will top 1GB of data per month by 2012
  • The number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population in 2012
  • Tablets will account for over 10% of mobile data come 2016
  • In 2016, 4G will account for just 6% of connections, but 36% of total traffic
  • Two-thirds of mobile traffic will be video by 2016

Phew. That’s just some of the stat-based goodness contained in the monstrous report. It really has to be seen to be believed. I need a lie down.

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Treab  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:04

It’s seriously the longest thing ever (that’s what she said)

in your dreams maybe

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 17, 2012 at 16:16

It’s seriously the longest thing ever (that’s what she said)

in your dreams maybe


Wonder what you were thinking? She could be referring to credit card statement.

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