Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cisco Releases Lastest Traffic Study

Cisco released its latest Visual Networking Index study that updates its global data traffic forecast. Key findings include:
  • Global mobile traffic will increase 66-fold between 2008 and 2013 based on a 4G mobile Internet.
  • Nearly 64 percent of the world's mobile traffic will be video by 2013.
  • 4G mobile broadband devices will constitute more than 80 percent of global mobile traffic by 2013.
  • Latin America will have the strongest mobile growth at 166 percent CAGR, followed by the Asia-Pacific region at 146 percent.
  • Asia-Pacific will account for one-third of all mobile data traffic by 2013.

The forecast that video will account for nearly two-thirds of mobile traffic by 2013 is interesting. My report Investing in Mobile TV took a close look at the business case for mobile TV and found that it will be difficult for carriers to make money on such a service. It generates too much traffic to produce much profit. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

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