By 2022, more than 28 billion devices and connections will be online, according to the Visual Networking Index (VNI) by Cisco released on November 27, 2018.
“The size and complexity of the internet continues to grow in ways that many could not have imagined,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.
Cisco VNI’s projected 28.5 billion fixed and mobile personal devices and connections by 2020 would put an average of 3.6 networked devices or connections per person, up from 18 billion devices in 2017 or an average of 2.4 connected devices per person.
The study noted that more than half (54 percent) of all devices and connections will be machine-to-machine (M2M) by 2022, up from 34 percent in 2017. That’s 14.6 billion connections from smart speakers, fixtures, devices and everything else.
By then, IP traffic in Asia-Pacific will reach 172.7 exabytes per month, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32 percent.
By 2022, APAC will have 2.6 billion Internet users (62 percent of population), up from 1.7 billion (41 percent of population) in 2017. It will also have 13.1 billion networked devices/connections, up from 8.6 billion in 2017.
In support of this growth, global broadband, Wi-Fi, and mobile speeds are also projected to double.
The Cisco VNI report projects the average global fixed broadband speeds will nearly double from 39.0 Mbps to 75.4 Mbps. Meanwhile, the average global Wi-Fi connection speeds will more than double from 24.4 Mbps to 54.0 Mbps while the average global mobile connection speeds will more than triple from 8.7 Mbps to 28.5 Mbps.
In Asia-Pacific, the average fixed broadband speed will reach 98.8 Mbps, a 2.1-fold growth from 2017 (46.2 Mbps).
“Global service providers are focused on transforming their networks to better manage and route traffic, while delivering premium experiences. Our ongoing research helps us gain and share valuable insights into technology and architectural transitions our customers must make to succeed,” Davidson said.