Cisco Predicts Fourfold Rise in Internet Use by 2014

Networking giant Cisco has predicted a fourfold increase in internet traffic by 2014 in its Visual Network Index Forecast 2010-2014.

According to Cisco, this significant increase will be due to the quantity of video content available online.

Online video services, which will include video-on-demand for both internet and cable, are expected account for up to 91 per cent of global internet traffic by 2014.

The expected increase in bandwidth of broadband connections will allow users to browse much faster, and will allow them to download data at much higher speeds, leading to an increase in the usage of internet services.

The forecast also noted that the use of web-based videoconferencing services is also set to rise, leading to its prediction that global mobile internet traffic in 2014 will be 39 times greater than it was in 2009.

Suraj Shetty, vice president of Cisco's service provider marketing, said: "Let's look at the last two years. The economy has gone down pretty much across the globe. But IP traffic has actually accelerated because there are a lot more people using video”.