Global data traffic to hit 60,000 petabytes by 2016

A research firm has calculated that the volume of global data traffic will increase by around 50 percent each year until 2016

The volume of global annual data traffic will exceed 60,000 petabytes in 2016, over seven times more than the 8,000 petabytes expected in 2011, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The research firm said in a statement on Tuesday that global data traffic will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50 percent between 2011 and 2016. It also predicted that the fastest year-on-year growth will occur in 2012, at 58 percent.

ABI Research said one of the main reasons for the robust growth in data traffic is the increase in video traffic. Neil Strother, practice director at ABI Research, explained: "There are basically two types of video use cases that drive heavy traffic: clips from YouTube and similar sites that are often shared via other social media, as well as lengthier content like series and even films [...] Video and TV streaming should surpass web and internet traffic in 2015."

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