Data traffic increasing fast on mobile devices

The amount of data flitting back and forth across the globe on various devices shot up 70 percent last year compared with 2011, according to Cisco Systems’ latest annual report tracking the trend.

Cisco attributed the rise in large part to the increasing number of wireless devices accessing mobile networks worldwide.

“By 2017, there will be 8.6 billion handheld or personal mobile-ready devices and 1.7 billion machine-to-machine connections,” from global-positioning systems in cars to patient health-monitoring devices, the company reported.

Here are some of its other findings:

– “Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly twelve times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000.”

– “Global mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017.”

– “By the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita.”

– “Two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2017.”

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