The world is on the hook to watch out how 4G wraps the globe by its speed. But It looks like just 10 percent of mobile data traffic will be based on 4G networks in 2017, according to Cisco Systems’ annual forecast of mobiles.
It’s significant growth from the extent of today’s 4G consumption, which makes up just 1 percent of global connections.
First let’s take a brief look on Cisco. Cisco’s measurement of 4G includes WiMax too, in addition to cellular 4G, so LTE will support less than 10 percent of global network connections.
Cisco designs and sells hardware, software, networking, and communications technology services. Products are distributed under five brands, namely Cisco, Linksys, WebEx, Iron Port, and Scientific Atlanta. Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University.
Since the company’s inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. Cisco name is based on its origins starting up in San Francisco.
WiMax was stoned as a mobile 4G standard before cellular 4G was ready for the market sometime back around the mid-2000s, but in spite of its first-mover advantage, more carriers have chosen to deploy cellular 4G like LTE.
One of the massive reasons is that upgrades to 4G can piggyback on existing 3G infrastructures.
There is another prediction and that is Cisco makes for 2017 is that the Asia-Pacific will generate 47 percent of all mobile data traffic in the year, consuming a whopping 5.3 Exabyte a month. North America is next at 2.1 Exabyte/month, followed by Western Europe at 1.4 Exabyte/month.
The Middle East and Africa will consume 0.9 Exabyte/month, Central and Eastern Europe at 0.8 Exabyte/month and Latin America at 0.7 Exabyte/month.
Speaking in Japan, Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco, said that the country will consume a huge 16 percent of global traffic on its own.
There will be a 66 growth in Global mobile traffic every year till 2017, and will hit 134 Exabyte of data. That’s about 3 trillion video clips, and represents about 46x of all mobile traffic from 2010.
2017 will bring on 3 billion more mobile devices, but just an addition 1 billion people onto the network. A proportion of these devices will be Internet-enabled appliances and M2M (machine-to-machine) communication-ready systems like smart car dashboards.