Cisco released its fifth annual Visual Networking Index report. Considered the gold standard for Internet analysis, the annual study, which covers 2010 to 2015, makes a number of predictions, including that annual global IP traffic will reach the zettabyte threshold by the end of 2015, Internet video will account for over 50 percent of consumer Internet traffic by 2012 and mobile data traffic will increase 26 times between 2010 and 2015.
Forty percent of the world's population, nearly 3 billion people, are expected to contribute toward the massive amount of Internet traffic growth that Cisco forecasts will quadruple by 2015. The growth is largely expected to be driven by an increase in the usage of smartphones, tablet computers and other Internet connected devices, according to BBC News. The number of Internet connected devices is expected to double the world's population by 2015, says Cisco.
Cisco also predicts Wi-Fi devices will account for more bandwidth than wired devices for the first time in 2015, GigaOM reports. The networking giant predicts that Wi-Fi devices will consume 37.2 Exabytes of data per month globally in 2015, with wired IP traffic accounting for 37.0 Exabytes worldwide per month. Mobile IP traffic is expected to account for 6.3 Exabytes per month during the same time period, according to the forecast.