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Video Will Make Up 79% of All Mobile Traffic By 2022, Says Cisco

February 20, 2019 / Troy Dreier

Cisco released a global mobile traffic update to its Visual Networking Index (VNI) yesterday, forecasting growth in the global mobile market through 2022, and it sees mobile traffic nearing a zettabyte by the end of that period. At that time, mobile will make up almost 20% of global IP traffic.As a comparison, that's 113 times more than the total mobile traffic in 2012.In 2017, video made up 59% of all mobile data traffic. By 2022, that number will jump to 79%. Because of the amount of data video requires, it will increase rapidly as a percentage of total traffic. Video traffic is highest in prime time, leading to spikes in those hours.By 2022, there will be 5.5 billion mobile users, representing 71% of the total population. Connected devices will grow enormously, as there will be 12 billion mobile-ready devices and IoT connections by 2022, an increase from 9 billion in 2017. That breaks down to 8 billion personal devices and 4 billion IoT connections.Look for the 5G era to begin s...