Streaming Video is Exploding
The video streaming revolution has transformed entertainment, and video traffic alone is now 70 percent of all internet traffic. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime offer complete TV and movie packages, while TV providers and networks also offer streaming services. IP video traffic will quadruple from 2018 to 2022, making up 82% of all internet traffic.
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 2016, the average household had 10 connected devices, and that number is expected to skyrocket to 50 devices by 2020.*
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.*
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.