According to a recent report released by the American multinational Cisco Systems, Internet users in India are expected to grow two fold by 2021 – from 373 million users in 2016 to 829 million, which forms approximately 59 pc of the Indian population.
Steered by digital transformation, Internet users in India will likely double by 2021 to 829 million users from 373 million users in 2016, according to a recent report by Cisco Systems, Inc., an American multinational networking hardware company.
Furthermore, the overall Internet Protocol (IP) traffic is expected to boost four-fold during the same period of five years, at a compounded annual growth rate of 30 pc, with two billion networked devices in 2021 up from 1.4 billion in 2016.
“Combining device capabilities with faster, higher bandwidth and more intelligent networks is leading to wide adoption of high bandwidth data, video and advanced multimedia applications that contribute to increased mobile and Wi-Fi traffic,” said Sanjay Kaul, managing director, service provider business, Cisco India and SAARC.
“The need for optimised bandwidth management, network automation, end to end security and ultimately network monetisation through cost efficient data production is fuelling the growth of network automation, mass market 4G deployments and adoption, soon to be followed with 4.5G and 5G,” he added.
What’s more is that, mobile to mobile M2M) connections will represent 22 pc of the total two billion devices and connections and will account for five percent of IP traffic by 2021.
Advancements in IoT (Internet of things) applications such as smart meters, package tracking, digital health monitors and a host of other next-generation M2M services is driving this incremental growth, and videos will continue to dominate the IP traffic and overall Internet traffic growth – representing 76 pc of all Internet traffic in 2021, up from 57 pc in 2016.
“India will reach 84 billion Internet video minutes per month by 2021, which is one hundred and sixty thousand years of video per month, or about thirty two thousand video minutes every second”, the report explained.