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Cisco predicts half of global IP traffic will come from mobile devices by 2018

Cisco predicts that tablets, smartphones, etc will contribute more than half the IP traffic, up from today’s 33 percent.

For the first time in the history of the internet, mobile and portable devices will generate more than half of global IP traffic by 2018.

That’s one of the headline findings of Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), which forecasts global IP traffic for fixed and mobile connections between 2013 and 2018.

Cisco finds 33 per cent of all IP traffic originated with non-PC devices in 2013. By 2018, however, that figure shoots up to 57 per cent.

While PC-originated traffic is expected to have a 10 per cent CAGR over the forecast period, other devices/connections are expected to have much higher traffic growth rates. Tablets are slated for an enormous 74 per cent CAGR in traffic, along with smartphones (64 per cent) and M2M modules (84 per cent).

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