According to forecasts presented by the company Cisco Systems Inc., which deals with various network equipment, in the next few years, Internet traffic will increase at least four times. Mainly due to streaming video.
Online video is expected to be the main driver of growth. In terms of the volume of transmitted information, it will bypass even file-sharing networks, and this will happen already this year.
The popularity of online video is growing relentlessly. So, YouTube - the most popular resource providing video hosting services, recently reached the figure of two billion views of various videos per day. Here you also need to add Internet television, video transmitted when communicating through webcams and the like. At the same time, the quality of the transmitted video is also growing, which will further increase traffic volumes. On the same YouTube You can already watch videos in FullHD resolution.
The growth of mobile traffic is also expected, which by 2014 will increase at least 39 times. The volume of information that will be transmitted only for one month of the same year will be at least 64 exabytes (today this figure is approximately 16 exabytes). In order to view at once all the video that will be shown this month, it will take more than one hundred thousand years.