Mobile computing is here - and it's only going to get bigger, according to projection studies released this week.
Cisco Systems today released the results of its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast for 2008-2013. The big projection in that study is that global mobile traffic will increase 66-fold between 2008 and 2013, a forecast that reflects the pending arrival of 4G mobile Internet connections, the key to increased use of mobile video and greater access to other mobile broadband services. In the report, Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president of Cisco's service provider routing technology group, said:
More personalized services and applications are becoming available on a wide range of devices. The key to success will be delivering video-rich any-play services to users, enabling them to move freely throughout the world while maintaining connectivity to others. As a result, service providers will have to take into account the need not only for more bandwidth when planning their network architecture but for greater network intelligence as well.
Among the highlights from that study:
Speaking of mobile video, Global IP Solutions released the findings of a separate survey this week on the topic. In a nutshell, the survey found that mobile operators and equipment vendors also see mobile video heading into the mainstream, over the next few years. Some of the highlights from that study:
An excerpt from the report:
Significant additional service rollouts are generally expected to occur within the next two years. Respondents cited various drivers behind the emergence of real-time video on the network. Sprint views real-time video as a “communication mechanism,” including video chat, for rollout in the “near term,” suggesting timelines of up to a year. Verizon seems bullish regarding video and real-time video.