Are we approaching the zettabyte era?

Broadband bandwidth consumption is growing at a pretty amazing rate as we utilise the Internet more and more throughout our daily lives. I.T Forecasters predict emerging trends such as M2M (machine to machine), the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘wearable devices’ will fuel that ever increasing demand for bandwidth even further.

Cisco predicts over 1.4 zettabytes of data will be flowing over global networks by 2017. It’s easy to see how this immense amount of data could be reached when you consider that, according to Nielsen’s law of Internet Bandwidth, users’ bandwidth grows by 50% per year (10% less than Moore’s Law) and Cisco predicts around 3.6 billion people are expected to be online by 2017 (up from 2.3 billion currently).

So what is a zettabyte?

A zettabyte is equal to 1.1 trillion gigabytes, which is approximately 1021 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes! That’s obviously quite hard to visualise but we think this infographic describes it quite nicely!


Predicitive internet bandwidth growth;


So, what does this mean in simple terms;



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