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Cisco: Half the World Online by 2017

29 May, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Nearly 50% of the world’s estimated 2017 population — 3.6 billion people — will be online, compared with the 2.3 billion (32% of the population) who had Internet access in 2012, according to a new report.

The study from networking technology company Cisco Systems estimates high-def and 3D video will compromise 63% of consumer Internet video traffic by 2017, a fourfold increase from 2012. VOD Internet traffic will grow threefold and peer-to-peer traffic will decline by 9%, the study estimates.

The study forecasts that by 2017 there will be more than 19 billion global network connections, up from about 12 billion in 2012, and that the average fixed broadband speed will increase 3.5-fold, from 11.3 megabits per second to 39 Mbps.

Global Internet video users will hit nearly 2 billion by 2017, double that of 2012, with viewers generating 3 trillion Internet video minutes per month, or 1.2 million video minutes every second.

“[This] showcases the seemingly insatiable demand for bandwidth around the globe and provides insights on the architectural considerations necessary to deliver on the ever-increasing experiences being delivered,” a Cisco spokesman said. “With more and more people, things, processes and data being connected … the intelligent network and the service providers who operate them are more relevant than ever.”

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