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Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) recently released its annual report that predicts the internet will be four times larger in 2016.  Factors that contribute to the internet’s rapid growth include—but not limited to—increased number of devices that can connect to the internet, more internet users, faster broadband speeds, more video media, and expansion of Wi-Fi access.

Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) recently released its annual report that predicts the internet will be four times larger in 2016.  Factors that contribute to the internet’s rapid growth include—but not limited to—increased number of devices that can connect to the internet, more internet users, faster broadband speeds, more video media, and expansion of Wi-Fi access.

The VNI suggests that global IP traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes).  The total amount of IP traffic in 2011 is about 369 exabytes, but Cisco expects the annual IP traffic to increase by 330 exabytes between 2015 and 2016. 

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Emergence and increasing popularity of mobile devices such as smart phone and tablets have become a big part of why more and more people are in need of a connection to the internet.  In 2011, 10.3 billion devices connected to the internet, but by 2016 18.9 billion devices will require a connection.  Essentially, each person on earth right now requires about 1 internet connection, but in 2016 you will need 2 connections as you may own two or more devices that require a connection. 

Each person on earth may not own more devices that require an internet connection, but more and more people are gaining access to the internet globally.  The internet is expected to reach 3.4 billion users in 2016—that’s a 45% increase in users from 2011’s estimate!

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Furthermore, improvements to networking infrastructures will deliver faster connections for users, and a faster connection means more downloading and uploading.  Currently, the average fixed broadband connection is about 9 Mbps, but by 2016 it will increase about four folds to approximately 34 Mbps. 

Availability and open access to Wi-Fi connections may be a great business practice for growing businesses such as internet cafés, but it just so happen that great business practices also contribute to the internet’s rapid growth.  Cisco forecasts that over half of the world’s internet connection will come via Wi-Fi connections. 

If you think the internet is an immense virtual space now, imagine what it will be in four years.  If the internet is all corners of the earth now, cyberspace will be the Milky Way in the coming years.  If you’re planning to contain the internet to its current state right now, check out VR-Zone’s “how to destroy the internet” article, but if you’re looking to forward to taming the a virtual monstrosity that will come about, then just sit back and wait for it to come roaring at you.

A full report from Cisco’s VNI can be found here.