Juniper predicts that the global mobile data traffic would hit 14,000 PB by 2015. The word mobile here encapsulates all smart phones, feature phones, tablets and other connected devices.
To give a sense of how voluminous this amount of data is, Juniper compares 14K PB to 18 Billion film downloads or 3 Trillion music tracks.
US and Europe combined will tally upto 60% of all traffic while India would witness the strongest surge in traffic by 2015, according to Juniper.
Juniper claims that that nearly 9000 Petabytes of the traffic will drift through Wi-Fi and rapidly growing Femtocell networks in the next 4 years, thus balancing the mobile data load on network operators.
Femtocells, are tiny cellular base stations that resemble a DSL modem, designed for homes and businesses. They connect to the operator via broadband and help offload data from the network. Installation and usage of them however come at an additional price to end users.
“It is important for network operators to be cognizant of the net impact that both offload and onload have on the total data traffic through the network.”
Although currently Wi-Fi accounts for over 90 percent of the traffic offloaded, femtocells will account for a steadily increasing proportion … and both will contribute to be a flexible solution that will co-exist and provide a ‘big-win’ opportunity for the (network) operators”
Perhaps with the rapid adoption of Femtocells, the all you can drink data plans could be more cost effective to both operators and users alike.
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