This week saw the release of the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Forecast, covering findings from 2013 to 2018. Now in its ninth year, the VNI has proven to be a strong tool for forecasting and analyzing Internet network growth and trends worldwide. As well as a valuable resource for our service provider partners, the study also consistently provides some fascinating and eye-opening statistics about our ever-increasing connected world we should all be aware of.
It’s hardly a revelation to say that the number of people connecting to the Internet continues to grow, but what is startling is the speed of that adoption. In 2018 alone, more traffic will traverse global networks than all prior ‘Internet years’ combined (as of the end of 2013). To put that in context, from 1984 to 2013, 1.3 zettabytes of end-user IP traffic were generated globally. By 2018, the VNI projects
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