According to forecasts made today by networking company Cisco, there will be over half a billion (500,000,000) wearables in use by 2019, which will give rise to an eighteen-fold increase in mobile traffic.
Around 1.1 million of these devices will have “embedded mobile communications” (meaning they connect directly to the mobile internet), the rest will connect to and share data with a paired smartphone.
Cisco expects that mobile data traffic will reach 634.4 petabytes per month in 2019, up from 74.2 petabytes/month in 2014 (a petabyte is equal to 1024 terabytes). The projected 2019 figure equates to 205 million SMS messages sent every second.
Globally, Cisco believes the total annual mobile data traffic could reach as high as 292 exabytes per year (an exabyte is 1024 petabytes) – that’s equivalent to 65 trillion (65 million million million) uploaded photos!
4G networks, currently in a stage of relative infancy, will account for over 88% of total mobile data traffic (in 2014, this figure was a little over 42%). It is also expected that there will be a billion more mobile users in five years’ time, a rise of 10% over the 2014 (69% of the world’s population in 2019, compared to 59% in 2014).
These figures are truly mindboggling, but one thing is clear – the Internet of Things is clearly about to explode with activity. BlackBerry is already in the unique position of having its QNX operating system in over 50 million vehicles, as well as hospitals and even on the ISS! Couple this with their “security-first” work ethic, and BlackBerry’s fortunes may well continue to rise in future – after all, who else would you trust to secure all that information?
Who else indeed.