Today, Cisco released its latest predictions for what the Internet will be like in 2016. Over at GigaOm, Stacey Higginbotham digs in:
We’re on pace to generate 1.3 zettabytes of data in 2016, about four times more than we create today, according to the latest data out from Cisco. To put that in perspective, Cisco helpfully tells us that’s more than 38 million DVDs streamed in an hour. Or, you can think of it as a 1 followed by 21 zeros.
Cisco also predicts most people will be consuming over 30 GB each month, on average, which is going to require big pipes — or, alarmingly, a lot more spectrum for mobile broadband to keep up. Access to Cisco’s report is available on their website.