Cisco Systems' Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Forecast predicts that video content via mobile networks will make up the bulk (66 percent) of mobile data traffic by 2014.
The company bases its projection on a summary of independent analysts' forecasts and real-world data usage studies. The figure takes into account non-traditional mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad, although smartphones and laptop cards are expected to drive 90 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2014.
Cisco reports that global mobile data traffic is now growing 2.4 times faster than global fixed broadband data traffic--in the last year alone, worldwide mobile data traffic surged to 90 petabytes per month, the equivalent of 23 million DVDs. Cisco's forecast says the total volume of mobile data traffic will add up to 3.6 exabytes per month in 2014, growing at a rate of 108 percent per year through 2014. Today, the average mobile broadband connection generates about 1.3GB per month, but 2014 is expected to see 7GB per month.
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