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Internet-connected devices will outnumber people three to one by 2019

Friday, May 29th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The number of devices connected to the internet will be more than three times the global population by 2019, according to a new report.

Cisco’s global IP traffic forecast tracks the growth of internet traffic and explores the implications for service providers.

It said there will be more than three networked devices per person by 2019, compared to less than two in 2014.

Cisco said this increase in devices, and their capabilities, will help global internet traffic reach 37GB per person by 2019, up from 15.5GB per person in 2014.

Global internet traffic in 2019 will be equivalent to 66 times the volume of the entire global internet in 2005.

The report says this will be driven by video traffic growing at a “rapid pace”.

IP video traffic will make up 80% of all IP traffic by 2019, up from 67% in 2014.

It says video on demand traffic will nearly double by 2019 and be equivalent to 7bn DVDs per month.

The report says more than half of the world’s IP traffic will come from mobile and wireless devices in four years’ time.

Wireless devices

Wired devices accounted for 54% of IP traffic in 2014, but Cisco expects that number to drop to 47% by 2019, with mobile and wireless devices accounting for 53%.

The report found that only 40% of IP traffic came from devices other than PCs in 2014, but says this will grow to 67% in 2019.

It says PC-originated traffic will grow at a rate of 9% but traffic from TVs will grow 17%, tablets 65%, smartphones 62% and other ‘smart’ household devices 71%.

Cisco said global fixed broadband speeds will more than double by 2019 to reach 42.5Mbps, up from 20.3Mbps in 2014.

Mobile data traffic will grow at an even faster rate – increasing 10-fold between 2014 and 2019.

Global mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. Mobile data traffic accounted for 4% of total IP traffic in 2014 and will be 14% by 2019.

Cable.co.uk previously reported that mobile data traffic generated by smartphones and tablets will reach the equivalent of more than 10bn Blu-rays movies over the next four years.

A report by Juniper Research predicted that mobile data usage would reach 197,000PB (Petabytes) by 2019.

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