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Mobile data traffic to exceed 107 exabytes in 2017; what the (bleep) is an exabyte?

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Mobile data traffic to exceed 107 exabytes in 2017; what the (bleep) is an exabyte?
According to a new research by ABI Research, all mobile data traffic generated worldwide is going to exceed the mind-blowing number of 107 exabytes in 2017. Apparently, this happens to be about 8 times more than the amount expected to be reached this year.

For the few of you who aren't sure how much an exabyte is, it equals 1 million terabytes, or 1 billion gigabytes, which is a lot of (shared) data. However, ABI analyst Aapo Markkanen is quick to note that this shouldn't be seen as too much of a concern for mobile carriers. According to Markkanen, 2015 will be the last year when global data traffic is going to grow by more than 50%, which means that the unprecedented growth we're witnessing today is finally going to start slowing down.

“It looks like 2015 will be the last year when the traffic volume will grow by more than 50 per cent annually. And that will happen despite of the fact that the monthly average per wireless subscriber, worldwide, will increase to almost 1.5 gigabytes by the end of our forecasting period.”

Of course, it's possible that some carriers might attempt to make a really big deal out of those exabytes, as they try to acquire each other, but here's to hoping that the regulators will do their job and make sure that it's the consumers who win at the end.

via: IntoMobile

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posted on 31 Jul 2012, 06:51 2

1. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I can't wait until I get one exabyte in the SSD on my desktop. xD
Should be pretty soon with the way technology is advancing!

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 08:37 2

2. pats4thewin (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


if i cant fill my 1.5tb harddrive with music and movies i personally have no idea what id do with an exabyte lol

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 10:01 3

3. avasponge (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 May 2012)


2 trillion songs, 100,000 HD movies, and 500 trillion photos.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 13:42

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


was about to say, is this DC Universe Online? Then I noticed it's exabyte and not exobyte, lol.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 19:20 2

5. miles16852 (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Uh OH! there goes my 5GB limit already exceeded in a blink of an eye!

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 20:22 1

6. xtroid2k (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Screw an exabyte im still trying to wrap my head around a petabyte lol

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