I was reading this month’s Discover magazine and came across this: “Data traffic increased 8,000 percent in the past four years on AT&T’s network alone.” And I thought, whoa, that’s a huge increase…then I started digging around and found more interesting data traffic stats.
.001 EB (exabyte) = 1 PB (petabyte) = 1000 TB = 1,000,000 GB (Src)
In 2000, we were sending 75 PB of data across the Internets each month. By 2010, we were sending more than 75 PB of data every 4 hours.
What accounts for all of that data? Largely video.
And mobile usage is experiencing similar exponential growth.
- Global mobile data traffic in 2010 (237 PB/mo) was over three times greater than the total global Internet traffic in 2000 (75 PB/mo).
- Mobile data usage surpassed mobile voice in 2009.
- There are 48 million people in the world who have mobile phones, even though they do not have electricity at home.