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Broadband Bandwidth Demand to Jump 10X by 2015

Web browsing, peer-to-peer file sharing, audio/video streaming are driving a 50 percent year over year growth of data volume on fixed networks and 100 percent on mobile networks, the market researchers said. The average monthly consumption was 9,665 PB in 2010 and will climb to 116,539 PB by 2015.

"Despite enormous growth projected in IDC's forecast, it is difficult to overestimate this phenomenon. Fixed and mobile operators will have to deal with a new reality that will tax network resources to the limit —and perhaps past the limit," said Matt Davis, an analyst with IDC.

The survey also found that faster download speeds as well as more data-intensive applications will naturally impact bandwidth and promote greater data consumption. HD video streaming will be a major contributor on the application side as data downloads will retain a 10:1 share over upload data.

  • kawininjazx
    It's ok, all I need is dialup so I can check my AOL email.
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  • GreaseMonkey_62
    Maybe this means providers will finally start to really upgrade their networks and we can start to get more fiber optic.
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  • cTs Corvette
    The operators won't do things to keep up with the demand, they'll just do things like lowering our bandwidth cap and charging more for "streaming" packages.
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  • mious
    nope, it probably means more bandwidth caps and even more propaganda about how the average user only consumes 5 gb a month
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  • aoneone
    so does this mean my 56.6k baud rate modem is of naught?
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  • Tab54o
    Yeah come on we need to get on the ball, Americas internet is seriously lagging behind.
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    I sense badwith caps in the future my son....
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  • cushgod
    The companies that run/provide/create our internet networks are using broadband demand as a cop out. They are a butch of BS'ers. they want to charge per bit. F that. Europe and 3rd world countries are moving data faster than us, and in the end, faster data means faster learning and productivity. So will we be dumber in the future because we are on a slower internet and the rest of the world is moving faster. You know instead of making sure we are armed and ready(military) and (ObamaCare crap), why not arm and ready every american with knowledge, then we would be applicable for jobs, then we wouldnt need to go to a doctor for BS and could be healthier based on knowledge from the net. FAST affordable internet , Obamanet... lol I had to....
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  • kawininjazx
    jacekringLOL, the only people on dialup (who want to be on dialup) are inner city "underprivileged" individuals and grandma's. Oh and people fed up with overpriced cable/dsl internet.Are you kidding me? I have to pay $70 a month for hi speed internet and "underprivileged" people get it for $9.99 because they are poor. Sometimes I don't know why I even get up to go to work, I should stay home and get everything for free or cheaper.
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  • anony2004
    Well, of course there is no looking back, but this is going to be massive...
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