Australia’s broadband speeds may currently be below the global average but the tide will turn come 2016, according to Cisco.
The networking vendor released its Visual Network Index (VDI) Forecast (2011-2016) report which looks at IP traffic across the globe to predict future trends.
IP traffic is expected to be 1.3 zettabytes with Asia-Pacific contributing to most of that at 40.5 exabytes per month.
In Australia, IP traffic will reach 31GB per capita by 2016, up from 5GB in 2011. It has been growing at a rate of six-fold since last year.
While it is no surprise the consumption on data on IP networks is soaring, what is interesting to note the change in fixed-line broadband speeds.
With an average download speed of 7.9Mbps in 2011, Australia is below the global average of 9Mbps. But Cisco predicts this speed will grow 4.6-fold and reach 36Mbps in the next four years.
By 2016, 95 per cent of broadband services in Australia will be faster than 5Mbps, compared with the current figure of 54 per cent. Nearly half of users will have speeds faster than 10Mbps in 2016, up from 27 per cent in 2011.
These figures exclude mobile broadband, which has proliferated prodigiously.
“I do think there’s an impact there in terms of the National Broadband Network (NBN),” Cisco communications and collaboration managing director, Peter Hughes, said.
The NBN is due for a mass rollout in the next three years, bringing fibre broadband connections to approximately 3.5 million premises by 2015.
Cisco expects Australia will have 23 million Internet users by 2016, up from 14 million in 2011.
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