Cisco : Networked devices may grow two-fold to 2 bln by 2016

Cisco : Networked devices may grow two-fold to 2 bln by 2016

With increasing popularity of high-speed internet services and proliferation of tablets and smart phones, the number of networked devices would double to around 2 billion in the country by 2016, networking company Cisco has said.

“In India, there will be two billion networked devices in 2016, up from one billion in 2011,” Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast said.

Globally, the forecast projects there will be nearly 18.9 billion network connections, almost 2.5 connections for each person on earth, compared with 10.3 billion in 2011.

“The Asia-Pacific region alone will have almost 46 per cent (8.7 billion) of the global network connections,” Cisco VNI said.

The internet traffic in India will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 64 per cent between 2011 to 2016.

“There will be 502 million total internet users in 2016, up from 127 million in 2011,” it said.

The government too is according top priority to increase the internet telephony in the country.

It has said rules for internet telephony would be relaxed under the National Telecom Policy as it envisages increasing penetration of telecom services in rural area from current level of around 39-70 per cent by 2017 and 100 per cent by the year 2020.

“Internet plays a pivotal role, for emerging countries like India, to address its ambitions…Increasing video consumption, fuelled by adoption of new technologies like 3G and 4G and the government’s efforts towards the last mile connectivity will be the key drivers,” Cisco India and Saarc Senior Vice President (Service Provider) Sanjay Rohatgi said.

“In India, there will be 212 million fixed line internet users in 2016, up from 85 million in 2011,” Cisco VNI said.

Not only the users, average fixed broadband speed is expected to grow 4.2 fold to 6 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2016 from 1.5 Mbps in 2011.

Globally, the average fixed broadband speed is expected to increase nearly fourfold, from 9 Mbps in 2011 to 34 Mbps in 2016.

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