Mobile Data Projection – 2 exabytes per month by 2013

Image from Cisco.com
Image from Cisco.com

Cisco just updated their mobile data projections for the next four years. The most interesting projection I found in the .pdf was the following:

Mobile data traffic will grow from 1 petabyte per month to 1 exabyte per month in half the time it took fixed data traffic to do so. In the 7 years from 2005 to 2012, mobile data traffic will have increased a thousand-fold. The Internet grew from 1 petabyte per month to 1 exabyte per month in 14 years.

Video will be the driving force as mobile broadband speeds increase to support higher quality rich media. The potential to deliver complete movies, streaming tv content and even video conferencing will expand dramatically within five years. YouTube revolutionized how video was transported and distributed to the masses over the web. I wonder what will be the mobile equivalent? Anyone out there have the billion dollar answer?


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