(The Hosting News) – Expect a big increase in user online traffic by the year 2016. According to a recent study unveiled by Cisco, IP traffic is set to reach the 1.3 zettabyte per year range by 2016. While that number may sound astronomical, it’s not surprising to some.
One primary factor according to Cisco includes an increase in devices. Specifically cited was a projection estimating the availability of 18.9 billion network connections within the next four years.
Another reason was the emergence of more internet users within the timeframe. Cisco cited a U.N. study estimating that nearly 45% of the world’s population would be online by then.
Other factors included faster broadband, more access to videos and the growth of Wi-Fi. Breaking down the 1.3 zettabyte statistics means user IP traffic will run at 110 exabytes every month.
A big subject of discussion in the web community has been the emergence of IPv6 compatibility. Another projection by Cisco estimated that IPv6-capable devices would increase by seven billion in 2016 compared to last year.
Cisco’s projections were made with the company’s Visual Networking Index as part of an annual release.