2.5 Internet Connections For Every Person On Earth By 2016

According to an annual survey by Cisco, the number of Internet connections will reach 18.9 billion by 2016, driven by a proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices. That’s 2.5 for for each person on Earth.

The biggest markets for growth will be India, Brazil and South Africa, according to the report.

Just how big will internet traffic be? According to a spokesperson from Cisco, we’ll be measuring it in zettabytes. (1 trillion gigabytes.)

We decided to go with a Geth joke for this post rather than the usual Skynet reference, in honor of EA’s WCIA ’12 championship.

Keelah se’lai.

Cisco Sees 2.5 Web Connections for Every Person on Earth [Bloomberg]


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  1. runswithscissors says:

    Shepard Commander.

  2. PunditGuy says:

    This is sad. I just doomed the Quarians over my lunch hour.

    • ARP says:

      You made the right choice, they’re so whiny about their homeworld, Rannoch. I do feel a little bad about Tali though. Dramatic much?


      • PunditGuy says:

        Drama Quarian. Definitely.

        Fire on a ship with me still on it? Ha! I’ll just damn your entire species.

        Screw them. They could have withdrawn.

        /cries in corner with tub of Ben & Jerry’s

  3. Jane_Gage says:

    Yay! I wish I could get an internet ready subdural implant. I’m always alone but not really, and when someone annoys me I just delete them. : }

  4. Cicadymn says:

    inb4 we start getting charged/throttled for every bit of data we use over a certain amount by every ISP not because they can’t handle it, but because it makes them more money.

  5. Kuri says:

    However this is unlikely to happen. The reason for that would be Internet “Service Providers”.

  6. homehome says:


  7. shepd says:

    Not going to happen for far longer than that. Outside the US access via mobile phones is prohibitively expensive (oh, yes, you guys actually do have a good deal on data, you might think you don’t, but you do!)

  8. nishioka says:

    I’m surprised Mass Effect + measuring internet traffic in zettabytes didn’t result in referencing EDI flooding Cerberus’s server with seven zettabytes of explicit material. Maybe that one’s too in the weeds, though.

    • Meg Marco says:

      Ha! I thought that might be too obscure. Didn’t know there were this many Mass Effect fans on here.

    • Kuri says:

      Yeah, it’s kinda good that they didn’t let you surf the extranet in that game, all that inter-species porn…..

  9. dolemite says:

    I’ll settle for 1 connection that isnt 2 mbps one minute then 15 mbps the next.

    • ARP says:

      That’s my issue. I have a soft phone and I have no idea at any given moment if my connection is stable/fast enough to make/receive calls.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      My DSL does that. It’s supposed to be 1-3 mbps and I can watch my Roku just fine at 2.5. But usually, as soon as I decide I want to watch something, that’s when it dips. Sometimes before I even start. I’d be happy with 3 if it would just STAY that way.

  10. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    Am I the only person who’s car has WiFi?

  11. Rootbeer says:

    Charter is doing a great job of providing me the half of an internet connection. Stupid flaky internet…

  12. sqlrob says:

    That’s it? I’m surprised we aren’t there already (I’ve got 8, not counting what I’ve got at work)

    • MikeVx says:

      I was going to say “Only 2.5? Pikers!”, but you’ve got me beat, I’ve only got 7. (Mind you, how you define a connection is probably going to differ from person to person.)

      • sqlrob says:

        Probably. By direct connection? 2 here (phone, home internet). By device? A lot more. The 8 only counts things frequently used, not some of the older stuff that isn’t turned on all that often.

    • Misha says:

      There are these things called the Third World and developing countries.

      • sqlrob says:

        RIght, but when you add all the business, all the different individual devices in the first world, that’s still a lot, even if the average is lowered by third world.

  13. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Maybe by then I’ll have a smartphone.

  14. ferozadh says:

    I’m sure all those hungry kids in India, Brazil and South Africa would love to download some hot meals. /Pizza for everyone.

  15. Mr. Bill says:

    I win! I have four.