Internet Traffic is Rapidly Increasing

With more people using the internet around the world, more devices per person, and richer experiences across those devices, the demand on our networks is limitless.

Streaming Video is Exploding

The video streaming revolution had already transformed entertainment, with video traffic expected to quadruple from 2018 to 2022 when it will make up 82% of all internet traffic. The global pandemic has only intensified that demand with streaming services seeing a surge in subscriptions in 2020, and new streaming services continuing to debut.

4x

IP video traffic will quadruple from
2018 to 2022*

*Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI)

We’re Using More Connected Devices

What isn’t connected these days? From computers, to phones, to smart watches, smart speakers, smart lights, and beyond, the number of devices per person is growing rapidly. In 2023 there will be 29.3 billion connected devices, up from 18.4 billion in 2018.

29B

Devices will be connected to the network by 2023*

*Source: Cisco Annual Internet Report

We’re Engaging in Rich, Immersive Experiences

With virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) taking off, internet traffic is set to skyrocket. In 2022, VR and AR will make up 12 times more traffic than in 2017, totaling 4 exabytes per month. Gaming experiences are also getting richer with high-definition displays, and growing popularity of connected multiplayer gamers. The internet traffic from gaming is expected to be 9 times greater in 2022 than it was in 2017.*

85%

of all internet traffic will be from video, gaming, and multimedia by 2022*

*Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI)

Internet Traffic is Multiplying

Every day, the internet is reaching more people in more places. We have more devices, and our experiences increasingly rely on connectivity. We’re video chatting instead of a phone call, we’re playing music off the web instead of our own media, we’re playing games with people around the world at all hours of the day. As technology continues to advance, we don’t know what the next trend will be. But we do know that the internet will be central to whatever it is. Global internet traffic in the year 2022 is projected to be greater than all combined internet traffic from when the internet was created in 1984 through 2016. The network that we all depend on needs to stay ahead of this incredible demand.

28B

devices will be online in 2022*

*Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI)

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