There will be half a billion wearable devices in use around the world within four years, including smart watches and fitness trackers – fuelling an 18-fold growth in mobile traffic
There will be half a billion wearable devices in use around the world within four years, including smart watches and fitness trackers – up from just 109m last year.
Within the UK there to be 16.4m wearables by 2019, up from 2.8m last year, according to forecasts made today by Cisco.
The company predicts that each of these devices will be creating 569MB of data per month by 2019, up from 119MB last year.
Some of these devices, around 1.1m, will have embedded mobile connections, but most will channel their data through smartphones, Cisco predicts.
This is expected to fuel an 18-fold growth in mobile traffic from wearable devices between 2014 and 2019.
Total mobile data traffic will reach 634.4 petabytes per month by 2019, up from 74.2 petabytes in 2014 – that’s 205m text messages each second.
Global mobile data traffic will reach an annual run rate of 292 exabytes per year, up from 30 exabytes in 2014 – that’s the equivalent 65 trillion Instagram photos.
Newer 4G networks will account for 88.2 per cent of total mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to just 42.2 per cent at the end of 2014.
There will also be a billion more mobile users by 2019, up to 5.2 billion from 4.3 billion in 2014. In 2014, nearly 59 per cent of the world’s population were mobile users, but by 2019 more than 69 per cent will be.
This article was written by Matthew Sparkes Deputy Head of Technology from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.