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M2M connections to number 7.3 billion by 2018: Cisco

Iain Morris
June 12, 2014
M2M technologies will be a major driver of internet traffic growth over the next few years, according to new research from Cisco.

According to the company’s latest visual networking index, annual internet traffic will grow by more than 20% between now and 2018, to reach nearly 1.6 zettabytes, due to the rise in the number of internet users and devices, faster broadband speeds and more video viewing.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) also expects what it calls the “Internet of Everything” to spur this growth, forecasting there will be nearly as many M2M connections as there are people on earth by 2018.

Smart cars alone are expected to have nearly four M2M modules each.

By 2018, says the company, there will be nearly 21 billion global connections altogether – that is, including fixed and mobile personal devices and M2M connections – up from about 12.4 billion connections in 2013.

The number of M2M connections globally will reach 7.3 billion by the same data, or nearly on connection per capita assuming a global population of 7.6 billion by 2018.

Cisco urges service providers to adapt to the increasing number of devices that will need to be authenticated to access fixed and mobile networks with enhanced security and service prioritization.

Another finding of the research is that Wi-Fi will become increasingly important in providing offload for mobile devices and connectivity for a growing array of portable devices and M2M connections.

“The reality of the Internet of Everything, the increasing demand for network mobility, and the emergence of 4K video are among the key trends highlighted in this year’s forecast that represent significant opportunities for service providers today and in the immediate future,” said Doug Webster, the vice president of products and solutions marketing for Cisco.
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