Cisco Predicts Mobile Data Traffic Explosion

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by: Larry Dignan

Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) on Tuesday outlined its global mobile data projections through 2015. The upshot: Mobile data traffic will hit an annual run rate of 75 exabytes by 2015. Video will account for most of the data traffic.

Here’s a look at Cisco’s forecast by the numbers:

92 percent: Compound annual growth rate in data traffic from 2010 to 2015.

5.6 billion: Number of personal devices connected to mobile networks by 2015.

1.5 billion: Number of machine-to-machine nodes.

66 percent:
Portion of data traffic allocated to video by 2015.



159 percent:
Increase in global mobile data traffic from 2009 to 2010.

129 percent: Compound annual growth rate of mobile data traffic growth projected in Middle East and Africa over 2010 to 2015.



248 petabytes:
Amount of monthly data expected from tablets in 2015. That’s more than the entire global mobile network in 2010.

295 petabytes:
Amount of mobile data traffic expected to come from machine-to-machine connections in 2015.

613 kbps:
Average smartphone connection speed in 2009.

4,404 kbps: Average smartphone connection speed in 2015.

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