Cisco’s View of 2018

POTs and PANs

Alexander_Crystal_SeerFor many years Cisco has been providing future-looking forecasts of the trends in data and networking to help prepare their clients for the future. Like anybody who predicts the future they aren’t always right, but they are often as right as not and they do a good job of spotting trends and of estimating where those trends will take us. They just released a new Visual Networking Index that makes dozens of predictions. Let me highlight a few of them along with my comments on what I think it means to my readers.

Global IP traffic will triple by 2018. Some of this growth will come from new people joining the web through ventures like Google and their data satellites. But every ISP ought to expect at least a doubling in traffic volumes over this time period, much as has been happening historically. Be prepared to buy more backbone…

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