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Internet infrastructure to collapse by 2010?

Rising levels of data consumption could lead to the collapse of the Internet, according to a study by market research firm Nemertes.

in brief Rising levels of data consumption could lead to the collapse of the Internet, according to a study by market research firm Nemertes.

The demand for online video and similar content will grow so strongly that the existing infrastructure will not be able to cope, according to the research.

To keep with the demand forecast until the year 2010, network providers will have to invest US$137 billion in developing infrastructure, according to the study -- double the amount that they have planned to invest up until now.

In the US alone, US$42 to US$55 billion dollars will be necessary to meet demand, the report said.