Internet traffic will quadruple by 2014

Cisco expects internet traffic to quadruple to a whopping 767 exabytes by 2014 as more people log on to watch streaming video online.

To put that into perspective Cisco explained that it would take a single user 72 million years to watch all the video that will be streaming online in the year 2014. It will probably be a while yet before human life expectancy catches up with that.

A single exabyte is equal to one billion gigabytes, so to say that 767 of them is quite a bit would be an understatement. Cisco forecasted last year that by 2013 the number would be 667 exabytes, so that’s 100 million gigabytes of extra online traffic between 2013 and 2014. Who knows what it will be in 2015.

Online video will account for 91 percent of global online traffic by the 2014, according to Cisco’s predictions.

The reason for the increase is down to the popularity of websites like Youtube and Netflix, as well as the launch of the iPad and the soon to be swamped tablet PC market. Faster broadband speeds will allow users to get access to their videos even more swiftly, leading more people to log online for their video needs. The recently announced Google TV will probably also have a huge affect on net traffic, as will the advent of 3D video hitting just about every aspect of the technological world.

Cisco is also forecasting that videoconferencing will be up 180-fold, while mobile phone data usage will be up 39-fold within the next four years. This is not surprising, considering the huge growth in the smartphone market.