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1Mobile Data Explosion Coming This Year


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Over 5 Billion ServedSorry McDonald’s, but by 2014, there will be more than 5 billion personal devices connecting to mobile networks — and billions more machine-to-machine nodes. Mobile video will represent 66 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2014, increasing 66-fold from 2009 to 2014 – the highest growth rate of any mobile data application tracked in the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Forecast.

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160% Increase in Mobile Data TrafficGlobal mobile data traffic has increased by 160 percent over the past year to 90 petabytes per month, or the equivalent of 23 million DVDs.

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More Than 2x Faster Than Fixed TrafficGlobal mobile data traffic today is growing today 2.4 times faster than global fixed broadband data traffic.

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Smart Phones, Laptop Air Cards To DominateSmart phones and laptop air cards will drive more than 90 percent of global mobile traffic by 2014.

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400-Million Plus Mobile Internet UsersBy 2014, more than 400 million of the world’s Internet users will access the network solely through a mobile connection.

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7Gb Per MonthThe average mobile broadband connection generates 1.3 gigabytes of traffic per month, which is equivalent to about 650 MP3 music files. By 2014, the average mobile broadband connection will generate 7 gigabytes of traffic per month-which is equivalent to about 3,500 MP3 music files.

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North America 3rd Fastest-Growing RegionWith 117 percent CAGR North America trails only the Middle East and Africa (133%) and Asia-Pacific (119%). India has the highest country mobile data traffic growth rate of any country, with a CAGR of 222 percent for the forecast period, followed by China with a 172 percent CAGR and South Africa with a 156 percent CAGR.

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Service Provider Challenges And Opportunities”The rapid consumer adoption of smart phones, netbooks, e-readers and Web-ready video cameras as well as machine-to-machine applications like eHealth monitoring and asset-tracking systems, is continuing to place unprecedented demands on mobile networks,” said Doug Webster, senior director, service provider marketing, Cisco. In spite of the economic downturn, the demand for mobile services has remained high, posing both challenges and opportunities for service providers worldwide."

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Complete ReportRead the complete Cisco VNI Mobile Data Forecast, 2009-2014