Digital Speed-bumps, Road Blocks and Traffic Jams

Cisco Systems reports that global mobile data traffic almost tripled between 2009 and 2010, and they predict that by 2015, it will have increased another 26-fold. That means people around the world sent about 3.6 BILLION gigabytes of data… wait for it… PER SECOND last year. That’s almost 50 million text messages a minute. In 4 years, they say, we’ll be sending about 94 BILLION gigabytes of data per second. Not doing the “translate to text messages per minute” math on that one, but it’s interesting to note that video messages are expected to be the new road hog, posing some interesting problems for mobile carriers. And for people who get caught on mobile video doing things they oughtn’t. Virtual orange cones, anyone?

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