IP traffic in India to grow fourfold from 2014 to 2019, says Cisco


Annual global Internet traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26% in the five-year period between 2014 and 2019. Daily traffic is forecast to grow from 1.4 exabytes per day in 2014 to 4.5 exabytes per day by 2019. An exabyte is equal to 1 billion billion bytes.

Internet Protocol (IP) traffic in India will quadruple at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33 percent by 2019 due to increasing mobile access and demand for video services, tech firm Cisco said. It took 32 years – from 1984 to 2016 – to generate one zettabyte of IP Traffic annually.

According to this year’s Visual Networking Index, we will generate two zettabytes of IP traffic annually, just three years later in 2019,” said Sanjay Kaul, managing director, global service provider business, Cisco India and SAARC, in the 10th annual Cisco Visual Network Index Forecast for India.

“In India, the IP traffic will grow fourfold from 2014 to 2019, a compound annual growth of 33 percent and reach four exabytes per month in 2019, up from 967 petabytes per month in 2014,” he added.

Heavy consumption of mobile data, skyrocketing networked devices, faster broadband speeds and increased video consumption are the key drivers for the growth, the forecast said, adding networked devices in India will grow from 1.1 billion devices in 2014 to 1.6 billion in 2019, while average fixed broadband speed will increase from 4Mbps in 2014 to 12Mbps in 2019.

Mobile data traffic is another area which is expected to see phenomenal rise in India – a 13 fold growth rate at a CAGR of 67 percent, says Cisco.Mobile traffic was nine percent of the total IP traffic in 2014 and will reach 28 percent of the total IP traffic in 2019, the forecast said.

The amount of Internet traffic generated by PCs is forecast to drop from 12.2% in 2014 to 7% in 2019, and the largest percentage gain will come from machine-to-machine (M2M) traffic. Smart meters, video surveillance, health care monitoring, transportation and other M2M connections (the Internet of Everything) are expected to represent 43% of all devices and connections to the Internet by 2019.


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