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Visual Networking Index (VNI)

Intro to the 2014 VNI Forecast

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Intro to the 2014 VNI Forecast

Take Advantage of IP Network Growth Trend Data

Networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Many residential, business, and mobile IP networking trends are being driven largely by a combination of video, social networking, and advanced collaboration applications, termed "visual networking." The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) is our ongoing effort to forecast and analyze the growth and use of IP networks worldwide.

In June 2014, Cisco released the complete VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2013 – 2018. Global highlights from the updated study include the following projections:
  • By 2018, there will be nearly four billion global Internet users (more than 51 percent of the world's population), up from 2.5 billion in 2013
  • By 2018, there will be 21 billion networked devices and connections globally, up from 12 billion in 2013
  • Globally, the average fixed broadband connection speed will increase 2.6-fold, from 16 Mbps in 2013 to 42 Mbps by 2018
  • Globally, IP video will represent 79 percent of all traffic by 2018, up from 66 percent in 2013
Cisco VNI Complete IP Traffic Forecast - June 2014

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In February 2014, Cisco released the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2013 - 2018. Global highlights from the updated study include the following projections:

  • By 2018, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices and connections, about three billion more than there were in 2013
  • By 2018, the average mobile connection speed will nearly double, from 1.4 Mbps in 2013 to 2.5 Mbps by 2018
  • By 2018, there will be nearly five billion global mobile users in 2018, up from more than four billion in 2013
  • By 2018, global mobile IP traffic will reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes, up from less than 18 exabytes in 2013
Cisco VNI Complete IP Traffic Forecast - June 2014

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