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Cisco: Global 'net Traffic to Surpass 1 Zettabyte in 2016

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Global Internet Protocol traffic will reach an annual rate of 1.3 zettabytes in 2016, predicts Cisco Systems.

"It is just a staggering amount of growth facing global networks," says Cisco's Doug Webster.

Cisco also predicts that, in 2016, Internet traffic will reach 110 exabytes per month, which is 10 times the rate in 2008. In addition, 18.9 billion devices will be connected to the Internet in 2016, up from 10.3 billion connected devices in 2011. Cisco also predicts there will be 3.4 billion Internet users in 2016, about 45 percent of the world's population, and about 2.3 billion people will have fixed broadband service, up from 1.7 billion last year. About 3.7 billion mobile users are expected in 2016, including those without data plans.

Webster says the average fixed broadband speed will rise to 34 Mbps in 2016, and video traffic will be a major area of growth, with mobile device users expecting a similar quality as they get on wired PCs or TV sets. The United States, with 22 exabytes per month, will be the highest traffic-generating country in 2016, followed by China, with 12 exabytes per month.

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