M2M mobile data connections are forecast to soar by 2020, says Cisco

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Machine-to-machine mobile data connections are forecast to represent 26.4 percent of mobile-connected devices in 2020, up from 7.7 percent last year, and to generate 6.7 percent of total mobile traffic, up from 2.7 percent last year, according to Cisco Visual Networking Index's Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast released Wednesday.

By 2020, there will be more than 600 million wearable devices in use, up from nearly 97 million in 2015, according to the Cisco report.

There will be 11.6 billion mobile-ready devices/connections – 8.5 billion personal mobile devices and 3.1 billion M2M connections – in 2020, up from 7.9 billion total mobile-ready devices and M2M connections in 2015.

By 2020, global mobile data traffic will reach 30.6 exabytes per month – up from 3.7 exabytes in 2015. Annual global mobile data traffic will reach 366.8 exabytes – up from 44.2 exabytes in 2015.

By 2020, two-thirds of mobile devices/connections will be IPv6 capable, up from 36 percent in 2015, and IPv6 traffic will be 54 percent of total mobile data traffic, up from 13 percent in 2015.


Source: Cisco

Average global mobile network speeds will increase 3.2 fold from 2015 (2.0 Mbps) to 2020 (6.5 Mbps) and 4G connections will account for 72 percent of total mobile data traffic in 2020 – up from 47 percent of total mobile data traffic in 2015.

"Future mobile innovations in cellular, such as 5G, and Wi-Fi solutions will be needed to further address new scale requirements, security concerns, and user demands. IoT advancements will continue to fuel tangible benefits for people, businesses, and societies," concluded Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco.

For more:
- see the Cisco release
- check out the full report [pdf]

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