UK mobile data traffic to grow nine fold between 2014-2019


Mobile data as a proportion of total internet traffic will more than double from four per cent last year to 9.1 per cent by 2019

Mobile internet data will grow nine fold between 2014 and 2019, according to a new study by connectivity provider Cisco.

UK mobile traffic will reach 634 petabytes per month within four years, up from just 74 petabytes last year (Note: A petabyte is a million GB).

The average amount of data consumed by a single mobile connection in the UK every month will also increase from 961MB to 7.3GB.

The study is also forecasting a significant increase in mobile data’s proportion of the total UK internet. This will increase from four per cent to 9.1 per cent over the reporting period.

By 2019, UK mobile data traffic will be seven times the size of the entire UK internet in 2005.

The amount of connected devices in the UK will almost double from 317.5 million to 614.9 million. This will mean the average person will have nine conncted devices, up from five devices last year.

On a global level, Cisco claims that there will 24 billion connected devices by 2019, compared with 14 billion last year.

Total internet traffic will almost treble from 59.9 exabytes per month to 168 exabytes by 2019 (an exabyte is 1000 petabytes).

Internet video, which accounted for 61 per cent of the total traffic on the net last year, will increase to 81 per cent of the total by 2019.