Fun with data


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.

global internet traffic

.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.

2000 vs 2008


And mobile usage is experiencing similar exponential growth.

global mobile internet traffic


  • 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.

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