5 striking trends in global IP traffic
Global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years. Monthly IP traffic will reach 35 GB per capita by 2021, up from 13 GB per capita in 2016.
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- Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic.
By 2021 PCs will account for only 25% of total IP traffic, comparing with 46 % in 2016. Smartphones will account for 33% of total IP traffic in 2021, up from 13 % in 2016. TVs, tablets, smartphones, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) modules will have traffic growth rates of 21%, 29%, 49%, and 49%, respectively.
- The number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than 3 times the global population by 2021.
There will be 3,5 networked devices per capita by 2021, up from 2,3 networked devices per capita in 2016. There will be 27,1 billion networked devices in 2021, up from 17,1 billion in 2016.
- Global IP video traffic will grow threefold from 2016 to 2021.
Globally, IP video traffic will be 82% of all IP traffic by 2021, up from 73% in 2016. It would take more than 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2021. Every second, a million minutes of video content will cross the network by 2021.
- IP traffic is growing fastest in the Middle East and Africa, followed by Asia Pacific.
By 2021, the Asia Pacific will be the top IP traffic-generating region in the world, generating nearly 40% of the global total. Of this, IP-based video will comprise 83% of it (a touch higher than the global average of 82%), and on the mobility front, Asia Pacific will account for a whopping 47% or nearly a half of the globe’s mobile traffic.
- Broadband speeds will nearly double by 2021.
By 2021, global fixed broadband speeds will reach 53 Mbps, up from 27,5 Mbps in 2016. At the same time the average mobile network connection speed (6,8 Mbps in 2016) will reach 20,4 Mbps by 2021.