Mobility, Non-PC Devices Will Define Internet's Future

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-06-13

The amount of Internet traffic will continue to grow over the next five years, eventually hitting 1.6 zettabytes a year by 2018, Cisco Systems officials found in the networking vendor's ninth annual Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption. The findings dovetail with what Cisco officials have seen in previous years—that more people are connecting with more devices to IP networks that are growing bigger and faster. However, a number of interesting trends are already under way and will come to fruition between now and 2018. For example, the PC market for the past few years has seen sales shrink as more consumers and business users turn to tablets and smartphones. At some point in the next five years, the majority of IP traffic will for the first time in the Internet age come from non-PC devices, from tablets to machine-to-machine (M2M) systems. There are a lot of issues in play, from the growing role of WiFi to the burgeoning Internet of things (IoT), of which M2M communication is a key part. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the highlights from Cisco's report, which was released June 10.


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