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Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012-2017): Mobility Highlights

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Above: Video presenting the findings, trends and methodology for the Cisco Global Cloud Index Forecast, 2012-2017

The Cisco Global Cloud Index is an ongoing effort to forecast the growth of global data center and cloud-based IP traffic. The forecast includes trends associated with data center virtualization and cloud computing. The following presents details of the study, specifically showcasing the parts of the study relating to mobility. Before diving in specifically to the mobility related aspects of the Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012-2017 (White Paper), I'd like to share some key highlights.

Key Highlights


  • Global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold - a 35 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) - from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017
  • Overall global data center will grow threefold and reach a total of 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017
  • Workload transitions: From 2012-2017, data center workloads will grow 2.3-fold; cloud workdloads will grow 3.7-fold
  • Global cloud IP traffic will account for more than two-thirds of total data center traffic by 2017.
  • Cloud traffic growth by region: The Middle East and Africa will ahve the highest cloud traffic growth rate from 2012-2017
  • Workload growth by region: By 2017, North America will have processed the most cloud workloads, follow by Asia Pacific

Now, onto the mobility highlights from the Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Mobile Highlights


  • In 2012, North America led in average fixed devices per user, while Central and Eastern Europe led in average mobile devices per user. By 2017, North America is expected to lead both in average fixed devices per user, as well as average mobile devices per user. All the regions continue to show growth in both mobile and fixed average devices per user. Many mobile devices have dual-mode capabilities. This growth, in turn, creates a demand for cloud services and content that can be accessed across multiple devices and using any mode of access—fixed or mobile.

Multiple Device Proliferation in 2012

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Source: Cisco Global Cloud Index , 2012-2017

Multiple Device Proliferation by 2017

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Source: Cisco Global Cloud Index , 2012-2017


  • Recent advancements in IPv6 network deployment signify service providers’ focus on IPv6 connectivity on both mobile and fixed networks. This is projected to generate IPv6 traffic growth, potentially reaching 24 percent of global Internet traffic by 2017. (Refer to the Cisco VNI white paper, “The Zettabyte Era,” for more detail.)
  • The global average mobile download speed is 6.9 Mbps, and the global median mobile download speed is 4.3 Mbps.
  • The global average mobile upload speed is 3.5 Mbps, and the global median mobile upload speed is 1.2 Mbps


Consumer Average Mobile Download and Upload Speeds

  • For consumer average mobile download speeds, North America leads with 10 Mbps and Western Europe follows with 8.0 Mbps.
  • For consumer average mobile upload speeds, North America leads with 8.3 Mbps, and Western Europe follows with 6.1 Mbps (Figure below)
  • Median consumer mobile speeds are lower than mean consumer mobile speeds within all regions, with the distribution of speeds in the regional population tending to be lower than the average.


Regional Consumer Average Mobile Speeds, 2013

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Source: Cisco Global Cloud Index , 2012-2017


Business Mobile Download and Upload Speeds

  • For business average mobile download speeds, North America leads with 4.6 Mbps and Central and Eastern Europe follows with 4.1 Mbps.
  • For business average mobile upload speeds, Central and Eastern Europe leads with 3.0 Mbps and Asia Pacific follows with 2.5Mbps (Figure below)
  • Median business mobile speeds are lower than mean business mobile speeds within all regions, with the distribution of speeds in the regional population tending to be lower than the average.

Regional Business Average Mobile Speeds, 2013

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Network Latency

  • Global average mobile latency is 164 ms.
  • Western Europe leads in average mobile latency with 106 ms and North America follows with 114 ms.
  • North America leads in business average mobile latency with 225 ms followed by Western Europe with 227 ms.
  • Western Europe leads in consumer average mobile latency with 93 ms followed by North America with 97 ms. P

Discover all findings by accessing the full White Paper: Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodoly, 2012-2017

For More Information

Press Release: Cisco Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic to Dominate Data Centers

For more information, please see www.cisco.com/go/cloudindex

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