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Global Internet traffic will nearly triple at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22% over the next five years, with video very much driving this surge in consumption, says the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI).

cisco vniMore than one billion new Internet users are expected to join the global Internet community, growing from three billion in 2015 to 4.1 billion by 2020. But the global digitisation transformation, based on the adoption of personal devices and deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, will have an even greater impact on traffic growth.

Over the next five years, global IP networks will support up to ten billion new devices and connections, increasing from 16.3 billion in 2015 to 26.3 billion by 2020. There are projected to be 3.4 devices and connections per capita by 2020 — up from 2.2 per capita in 2015.

Video services and content continue to be the dominant leader compared with all other applications. Internet video will account for 79% of global Internet traffic by 2020 — up from 63% in 2015. The world will reach three trillion Internet video minutes per month by 2020, which is five million years of video per month, or about one million video minutes every second. HD and Ultra HD Internet video will make up 82% of Internet video traffic by 2020 — up from 53% in 2015.

“The digital transformation is happening now for billions of consumers and businesses users across the globe,” said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, Cisco. “Innovation is imperative for Cisco and its service provider customers to deliver scalable, secure, high-quality services and experiences over all types of broadband network infrastructures.”

In terms of sheer volume, global IP traffic is expected to reach 194.4 exabytes per month by 2020, up from 72.5 exabytes per month in 2015. The global annual run rate will reach 2.3 zettabytes by 2020. For perspective, 2.3 zettabytes is equivalent to 12 hours of streaming music per day of the year per capita or 33 hours of Ultra HD video streaming for each person on earth.

Busy-hour Internet traffic is increasing faster than average Internet traffic. Busy-hour Internet traffic will grow nearly 5-fold (4.7-fold) from 2015 to 2020, reaching 2.6Pbps by 2020, compared with average Internet traffic that will grow three-fold over the same period reaching.

Across all time zones, ‘Internet prime time’ generally occurs between 9pm and midnight.