Cisco today said the number of internet users in India will rise significantly in next 5 years to reach 829 million representing 59% of the country’s total population. At present the total internet user base stands at 373 million or 28% of the population.
Cisco presented this data in its Visual Networking Index (VNI) report. This Cisco VNI is an annual affair where the tech major forecasts the future technology trends in the internet and communications domain.
In addition, Cisco VNI predicted, there will be 2 billion networked devices in 2021, up from 1.4 billion in 2016 and the overall IP traffic is expected to grow 4-fold from 2016 to 2021, a t a CAGR of 30% and reach 6.5 exabytes of data per month in 2021, up from 1.7 exabytes per month in 2016.
The report also talked about the machine to machine devices. According to the report, M2M connections will represent 22 percent of the total 2 billion devices and connections and will account for five percent of IP traffic by 2021.
“Advancements in IoT applications such as smart meters, package tracking, digital health monitors and a host of other next-generation M2M services is driving this incremental growth-nearly 21 percent increase in the next five years,” the VNI report predicted.
The report also said that video will continue to dominate IP traffic and overall Internet traffic growth-representing 76 percent of all Internet traffic in 2021, up from 57 percent in 2016. India will reach 84 billion Internet video minutes per month by 2021, which is one hundred and sixty thousand years of video per month, or about thirty two thousand video minutes every second.
“Mobile networks, devices and connections in India are not only getting smarter in their computing capabilities but are also evolving from lower-generation network connectivity (2G) to higher-generation network connectivity (3G, 3.5G, and 4G or LTE). Combining device capabilities with faster, higher bandwidth and more intelligent networks is leading to wide adoption of high bandwidth data, video and advanced multimedia applications that contribute to increased mobile and Wi-Fi traffic” said Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC.
He added “We are witnessing a burgeoning rise in usage of mobile applications and connectivity by end users. The need for optimized bandwidth management, network automation, e2e security and ultimately network monetization through cost efficient data production is fuelling the growth of network automation, mass market 4G deployments and adoption, soon to be followed with 4.5G and 5G. Many providers have also started field trials for 5G and are gearing towards rolling out 5G deployments towards the end of the VNI forecast period.”