Mobile traffic is expected to increase 66-fold between 2008 and 2013, with a compound annual growth rate of 131%.
This is one of the findings of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast for 2008-2013, which provides key findings on a variety of Internet Protocol (IP) networking trends driven largely by the increased use of mobile broadband applications.
The projections reflect a transformation in the fourth-generation, or 4G, mobile Internet that will enable consumers to view more mobile video and access a variety of mobile broadband services.
Additional key findings from the Cisco VNI Mobile Forecast include:
* Global mobile traffic will exceed two exabytes per month by 2013;
* Global mobile data traffic reached one exabyte per month in half the time that fixed data traffic did;
* Nearly 64% of the world's mobile traffic will be video by 2013;
* Mobile video will grow at a CAGR of 150% between 2008 and 2013;
* Mobile broadband handsets with higher than 3G speeds and laptop air or data cards will constitute more than 80% of global mobile traffic by 2013;
* Latin America will have the strongest mobile growth at 166% CAGR, followed by the Asia-Pacific region at 146%; and
* Asia-Pacific will account for one-third of all mobile data traffic by 2013.