Cisco predicts mobile data traffic explosion: By the numbers

Summary:Cisco 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.

Cisco 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.

Topics: Cisco, Mobility

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