The Number Of Mobile Devices Will Exceed World’s Population By 2012 (& Other Shocking Figures)
Despite its long and boring name, Cisco’s “Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update” is one of the more fascinating data-filled reports you’ll read this year. The report examines the dramatic growth we’re seeing in the mobile Internet space, including the massive demands for mobile data, the growth of mobile video, and the rise of the smartphone as new gateway to the web itself.
Globally, mobile data traffic grew 2.3-fold over 2011, more than doubling for the fourth year in a row. The traffic even grew faster than Cisco had earlier predicted: they had pegged growth at 131% year-over-year. In actuality, traffic grew by 133%.
In 2011, mobile data traffic was 8 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000 (597 petabytes vs. 75 petabytes). That was only a dozen years ago, but it may as well have been eons.
It will be interesting to find out the actual deal that’s being done between the government and Google, which John Key has described as smart phones replacing the work currently done by our public servants.
These trends are pretty interesting and there’s no doubt that the handheld device will become the gadget of choice for most people as they become more affordable and getting access to data becomes easier.
Makes you wonder about the government’s big ultrafast broadband scheme, where Telecom (I mean Chorus) gets to dominate the roll out and Sky gets to dominate the content provision. Maybe Google will dominate the public sector, replacing Microsoft.
Maybe if the government cared to share their thinking with the public, and if the new communications Minister Amy Adams was willing to share her work programme over the coming months instead of keeping it all a big secret, we’d all be able to to discuss whether what’s being planned is a good idea. Cutting services and replacing people with smartphones seems to be the guts of it at the moment.
Maybe Google might care to share.