Global mobile data traffic nearly tripled in 2010, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, growing at a rate of 159 percent. Last year’s mobile data traffic was three times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000, according to the report, with global mobile data traffic reaching 237 petabytes per month. Total global Internet traffic in 2000 was just 75 petabytes per month.
According to Cisco, the top 1 percent of mobile data subscribers generate about 20 percent of mobile data traffic, down from 30 percent 1 year ago. Average smartphone usage doubled in 2010, with the average amount of traffic per smartphone in 2010 at 79 MB per month. Smartphones represent only 13 percent of total global handsets in use today, but they represent more than 78 percent of total global handset traffic.
And our hunger continues to grow. Cisco predicts that there will be nearly one mobile device per capita by 2015. That’s a total of 7.1 billion mobileconnected devices, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules, in 2015 – approximately equal to the world’s population in 2015 (7.2 billion). The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update is part of the comprehensive Cisco VNI Forecast, an ongoing initiative to track and forecast the impact of visual networking applications on global networks.