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Cisco: Internet of things, video will lead to global mobile data surge

More people will have mobile phones than electricity, running water and cars by 2020.

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Global mobile data traffic will hit 30.6 exabytes per month in 2020, up from 3.7 exabytes in 2015, according to a Cisco report. Mobile devices, video and the Internet of things are contributing to swelling mobile data traffic.

Cisco's Virtual Networking Index and Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast is designed to gauge data traffic and mobile data traffic is growing twice as fast as fixed network.

According to Cisco, there will be 5.5 billion mobile users in 2020, or about 70 percent of the global population. Smart mobile devices will represent 72 percent of total devices by 2020, up from 36 percent in 2015. More people will have mobile phones than electricity, running water and cars by 2020.

A few of the data points from Cisco include:

  • Annual global mobile data traffic will hit 366.8 exabytes in 2020, up from 44.2 exabytes in 2015.
  • By 2020, 55 percent of total mobile data traffic will be offloaded to WiFi.
  • 75 percent of the world's mobile data traffic will be video.
  • 98 percent of mobile data traffic will come from smart devices by 2020. Of those smart devices, smartphones, laptops and tablets will be about 92 percent of global mobile data traffic, down from 94 percent in 2015.
  • Machine to machine traffic will be 7 percent of global mobile data traffic by 2020, up from 3 percent today.
  • 66 percent of mobile devices and connections will be IPv6 capable, up from 36 percent in 2015.
  • There will be 600 million wearable devices in use, up from almost 97 million in 2015.
  • 4G connections will be 40.5 percent of the total global footprint by 2020, up from 13.7 percent. 72 percent of mobile data traffic will come from 4G networks.
  • By 2020, there will be 432 million global WiFi hotspots (including home), up from 64 million in 2015.
  • In 2018, voice over WiFi will top voice over IP in number of minutes.

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