Report: WiFi net traffic to overtake wired traffic by 2015

While cable and other ISPs keep trying to sell faster and faster Internet traffic to customers (Google is prepping to sell 1 Gbps service in Kansas City in 2012) it looks like more and more net traffic is being handled by WiFi connections rather than wired net connections. That's the conclusion of a new study from networking hardware company Cisco. The report, posted online, also predicted where net traffic will be in the next five years.

There's actually a lot of interesting facts and predictions in the report including a prediction by Cisco that by 2015, " ... the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross global IP networks every 5 minutes." One of the other predictions is that net traffic via WiFi will actually exceed that of wired networks by 2015. Cisco says that in 2010  "wired devices accounted for the majority of IP traffic at 63 percent." However in just four years Cisco predicts that "wired devices will account for 46 percent of IP traffic, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 54 percent of IP traffic."

Cisco says that in 2010 there were only a few hundred thousands households in the world that generate a terabyte of Internet traffic a month. However Cisco says that number will increase to a massive 6 million households by 2015. Cisco says that 20 million households wil generate half a terabyte of traffic by 2015.

Finally, global net traffic will reach 966 exabytes a year in 2015, according to Cisco. Yep, that's almost a zettabyte of global IP traffic in just one year.

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Isn't all wireless, Wired at somepoint?
So how can wireless take more bandwidth than wired... Eventually all that traffic has to pass thru a wired connection...

Don't see the point in the article...

Interesting. Ireland will see that by at least 2025 because when it comes to tech we're 10 years behind everyone else. Our high speed next gen broadband is 8meg!

I have to be the only person who hates wifi.... everything I own is wired via cat6 even if it supports wifi... I've just had too many signal problems with wifi, even for a house that is 70 ft long and 2 stories it seems like wifi routers have a hard time getting to the entire house with a good signal that doesn't start to lag or slow down... and external ISP connections, heck I'd only want wired to make sure its reliable and not going to go down with every stupid environment change

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
I have to be the only person who hates wifi.... everything I own is wired via cat6 even if it supports wifi... I've just had too many signal problems with wifi, even for a house that is 70 ft long and 2 stories it seems like wifi routers have a hard time getting to the entire house with a good signal that doesn't start to lag or slow down... and external ISP connections, heck I'd only want wired to make sure its reliable and not going to go down with every stupid environment change

I used to have that problem until changing my router to a better one with stronger signal. You can either add a signal repeater or buy another router and bridge it. Wired is good for things that move around, like pc, printer, tv, tv boxes, game consoles, but not good for things that walk around the house like laptop, tablet, and cellphones.

leojei said,

I used to have that problem until changing my router to a better one with stronger signal. You can either add a signal repeater or buy another router and bridge it. Wired is good for things that move around, like pc, printer, tv, tv boxes, game consoles, but not good for things that walk around the house like laptop, tablet, and cellphones.

eh I've done tons of stuff, hated it all... especially since stuff like repeating mode on most routers requires WEP not WPA..... tried what is suppose to be the "best" wireless routers out ther... nothing ever met my standards of what it should be

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

eh I've done tons of stuff, hated it all... especially since stuff like repeating mode on most routers requires WEP not WPA..... tried what is suppose to be the "best" wireless routers out ther... nothing ever met my standards of what it should be

I agree. I have my wireless router for the laptop and phone but I wired my house because it just sucks and speeds are horrible (using top of the line routers / dd-wrt / tomato firmware etc).

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
I have to be the only person who hates wifi.... everything I own is wired via cat6 even if it supports wifi... I've just had too many signal problems with wifi, even for a house that is 70 ft long and 2 stories it seems like wifi routers have a hard time getting to the entire house with a good signal that doesn't start to lag or slow down... and external ISP connections, heck I'd only want wired to make sure its reliable and not going to go down with every stupid environment change

I am right there with you. I networked my house with Cat 5e because wireless proved to be too unpredictable. It is also slow for transferring large files. I would need to have my media server and HTPC be the same machine. The only thing I use wireless for now is home automation and my laptop.

Teebor said,
Did you try different antenna types? Hi gain antennas or yagi?

Perhaps we should have a thread about this

trust me, I've tried a lot, and spent a large amount trying it

mak123 said,
wifi is easier than wired one....

I agree, specially if you own a tablet, walking around the house is so comfortable in wifi.

mak123 said,
wifi is easier than wired one....

Sure but I prefer Wired for banking, online ordering, etc. WiFi for everything else.

mak123 said,
wifi is easier than wired one....

A, B and C are the first three letters of the English alphabet... I can point out the obvious too !!!

Your home wireless router however gets its connection from a wired ISP, so...I can't say I've seen many successful 'wireless' ISPs out there other than cell based mobile providers.