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Cisco predicts video will account for 79% of global mobile data traffic by 2022

February 19, 2019 / Ben Munson

Video consumption is growing at an impressive rate; so much so that within the next three years it will account for nearly four-fifths of all mobile traffic, according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index.Cisco forecasts 79% of global mobile data traffic will be video by 2022. That’s up from 59% in 2017, or a ninefold increase.Mobile video will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 55% between 2017 and 2022, while overall average mobile traffic will increase at a CAGR of 46%. Of the 77 exabytes per month crossing the mobile network by 2022, nearly 61 exabytes will be due to video, according to the study. “One consequence of the growth of video in both fixed and mobile contexts is the resulting acceleration of busy-hour traffic in relation to average traffic growth. Video usage tends to occur during evening hours and has a ‘prime time,’ unlike general web usage that occurs throughout the day. As a result, more video usage means more traffic during t...