Cisco: Web traffic to quadruple by 2015, filesharing cut in half


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Cisco has released its fifth annual Visual Network Index Forecast, predicting a rapid growth in Internet traffic and connected devices in the coming years. By 2015, the company believes global…

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Filesharing decline by 40%. Unless they expect software, music, movies ect to become free I don't see that happening.


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Conveneince factor with streaming TV shows and movies are a huge portion of this, and will continue to grow. Furthering our need to upgrade the backbone infrastructure and adding more lines between from smaller cities to their closest hub.

Although it would help if we could get more services like Amazon who offer downloadable copies. I tried this, but the compression used was almost twice as big as it needed to be, DRM protected, and you couldn't save it or play it from network storage. Which is crap for us who have home media servers built specifically for that purpose. If I can buy my episode of Top Gear for $1-3 with no DRM protection and in a standard format in 720p, and store it on my network server then i'll be happy to buy.

Sorry went off topic a bit, but the point i'm trying to make is if people can download and keep a copy of their movie or TV show on their home media servers that will reduce a small chunk of unnecessary repeat bandwidth consumed on the internet.


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Traffic associated with "advanced videos" such as those that offer high-definition or 3D visuals will increase 14 times. Interestingly, filesharing traffic is expected to decline by a whopping 40%.
That is an assumption based upon increase Cloud applications, like the Apple announcement allowing personal pictures and music to be stored in the Cloud instead of locally. The idea is one can access your media regardless of your physical location.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose, but so far this is all crystal balls, smoke and mirrors - - can you define ASSUME?