US data usage to jump eight-fold by 2018

US data usage to jump eight-fold by 2018

The volume of data crossing U.S. mobile networks is set to increase almost eight-fold by 2018, it has been revealed.

According to a report by Cisco Systems, demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket and US consumers  will download and upload more data on their smartphones in 2018 than they did on their laptops in 2013.

By 2018, Cisco predicts that U.S. mobile data traffic will reach 2.7 exabytes a month - equal to the amount of data stored on some 675 million DVDs. In 2013, less than half an exabyte of data crossed U.S. networks on average per month.

Speaking to reporters yesterday Robert Pepper, Cisco's vice president for global technology policy said: "It's more people, more connections, faster speeds on the networks and then more rich content, which in this case is video, video, video."

Cisco, one of the leading makers of networking equipment, studies the use and speed of devices, connections and data for an annual forecast of mobile data traffic trends.

Internet-linked devices will keep spreading at a fast clip, with some 271 million connections between gadgets and the Internet forecast for 2018 - an eight-fold jump from 35 million in 2013 that is driven by the predicted boom in wearable devices like activity-tracking wristband Fitbit, Pepper said.

In 2012 telecoms regulator Ofcom reported that UK mobile users consume more mobile data than any other nation.

The watchdog found that mobile web browsing, video streaming and social networking in the UK outstripped Japan, which has long been the trendsetter in mobile usage.

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