Global IP Traffic to More Than Triple by 2022, Cisco Predicts

Today’s topics include Cisco predicting more IP traffic from 2017 to 2022 than in the history of the internet, and AWS and Lockheed Martin partnering to bring satellites down to Earth.

In its latest Visual Networking Index, Cisco Systems said that within four years, more IP traffic will cross global networks than in all prior years combined, and that more traffic will be created in 2022 than in the 32 years since the internet started.

Cisco predicts that by 2022, 60 percent of the global population will be internet users, more than 28 billion devices and connections will be online, and video will make up 82 percent of all IP traffic.

Cisco’s Visual Networking Index also predicts that within the five-year period from 2017 to 2022, global IP traffic will more than triple and global broadband, WiFi and mobile speeds will double or more. IP video traffic will quadruple by 2022, and gaming traffic is expected to grow nine-fold, representing 4 percent of overall IP traffic in 2022.

At AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas this week, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy announced that AWS is bringing satellite data "down to Earth" by teaming up with satellite services provider DigitalGlobe and manufacturer Lockheed Martin to create AWS Ground Station.

AWS Ground Station is a fully managed network of ground station antennas in close proximity to AWS infrastructure regions around the globe. Lockheed's contribution are the small, cube-like antennas, called VERGE, which communicate with satellites.

According to Jassy, two Ground Stations are already set up, and 12 more will be deployed in 2019. AWS Ground Station will enable customers to schedule antenna time using standard AWS tools, and will piece together satellite data from around the globe and reconstruct it into image data, significantly speeding up the process.