48% of World Population Will Be Online by 2017. What Does This Mean for Network Speed?

How will you handle more network traffic?Whether you are trying to get to work in the morning or purchase a stick of cotton candy at your local carnival, traffic is everywhere.  And according to Cisco, on the Internet this isn't going to change any time soon.


According to a recent study published by Cisco, global IP traffic is on the rise—and fast. In fact, by 2017 the number of online users is expected to hit 3.6 billion. This is more than 48 percent of the entire world’s population!

To put things in perspective, in 2012 there were 2.3 billion people on the Web—only 32 percent of the global population. And with an estimated increase of seven billion global network connections over the next four years, the average broadband speed will jump from 11.3 Mbps to 39 Mbps.

The sharp spike in Internet connectivity can be attributed to governments bringing broadband Internet access to populations that are currently without it, as well as an increase in the number of mobile devices expected to be in circulation.



With the increased amount of e-traffic, Internet users are going to be looking for ways to speed up their connections.

Congestion is bad enough already.  So as more people make their way online and attempt to send messages, download and upload, these lines are going to get a lot longer.

When it comes to finding a solution to this problem, however, the key is not just speeding up network connections. You can’t for instance, drive faster in a traffic jam. But what you can do is re-organize how data is managed once it enters a network.

The simplest way to do this is with a high quality network infrastructure and network hardware.

Here's a simple example to illustrate the point. As you may know,  network switches work by controlling data as it passes over a network so that it can efficiently get where it needs to go.  Routers connect a network to the Internet, switches transport data within a network.  A router sends information to a switch, which distributes that information to the appropriate location in a network.

In addition to transporting data, switches allow users the following advantages - Save energy, and money, control who has access to your network, and consolidate local area networks (LAN) and storage area networks (SAN).

This goes to show how important your network hardware and network infrastructure really is.  With the demand for higher network speeds and ways to properly handle higher network traffic, it will be important how you approach your network infrastructure and hardware.  In addition, it's a good idea to do your homework about all the ways one can prepare for increasing demands on your network.

Find out about how you can prepare your network for the e-population boom here.