Internet traffic is set to quadruple over the next four years, increasing to about 767 exabytes by 2014. This amount is 100 exabytes higher than the projected level in 2013 - or an increase the equivalent of 10 times all the traffic traversing Internet Protocol networks in 2008.
This is according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, 2009-2014, which finds that traffic growth will continue to be dominated by video, exceeding 91% of global consumer IP traffic by 2014.
Improvements in network bandwidth capacity and Internet speeds, along with the increasing popularity of HDTV and 3DTV are key factors expecting to quadruple IP traffic from 2009 to 2014.
IP traffic in the Middle East and Africa will reach 1 exabyte per month by 2014 ,at a rate of 45%. Monthly Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa will generate 182-million DVDs worth of traffic, or 727 petabytes per month.
Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region at 133% compound annual growth rate, followed by Asia Pacific at 119% and North America at 117%.
The fastest-growing type of traffic will be business traffic, at a compound annual growth rate of 30%, a faster pace than the global average of 21%. North America, Western and Central Europe, and Japan will have slower growth rates.
In volume, North America will have the largest amount of business IP traffic in 2014 at 2.3 exabytes per month. Western Europe will be a close second to North America at 2.2 exabytes per month.