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Cisco forecasts continued mobile computing boom

Joe O'Halloran

The boom in usage of mobile broadband and mobile computing applications will continue for the foreseeable future according to the results of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast for 2008-2013.

The survey aimed to discover key findings on a variety of Internet Protocol (IP) networking trends and Cisco predicts that global mobile data traffic will increase 66-fold between 2008 and 2013 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 131% over that same period.

Cisco believes that these projections reflect a transformation in the fourth-generation, or 4G, mobile Internet that will enable consumers to access an increased range of mobile broadband services including applications such as mobile video as used in teleconferencing applications.

The VNI Mobile Forecast also calculated that global mobile data traffic reached one Exabyte per month in half the time that fixed data traffic and will exceed two Exabyte per month by 2013. Asia-Pacific will account for one-third of all mobile data traffic by 2013.

“The findings reflect the trend that consumers will use a variety of services, applications and devices to drive an increase in mobile traffic we’re predicting,” commented Suraj Shetty, vice president of service provider marketing, Cisco. “The evolving 4G mobile Internet transformation is further diversifying how people access and experience the Internet and is causing an undeniable surge in bandwidth growth. The projected increase in mobile rich media points to the inevitable transition to 4G. This will shift the industry’s focus toward all-IP networks.”

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