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

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.


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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6 Comments

1. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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!

2. pats4thewin

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 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

3. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

5. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

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

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