Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Excess Downloads

New research out of the Coda Research Consultancy in the UK estimates that by 2017, we'll be downloading about 1.8 exabytes of video data per month!

So what exactly is an exabyte?
An exabyte is:
  • 1 thousand petabytes (1,000)
  • 1 million terabytes (1,000,000)
  • 1 billion gigabytes (1,000,000,000)
  • 1 trillion megabytes (1,000,000,000,000)
  • 1 quadrillion kilobytes (1,000,000,000,000,000)
  • 1 quintillion bytes (1,000,000,000,000,000,000)
  • 8 quintillion bits (8,000,000,000,000,000,000)
To put that in perspective that's a 3900% increase in the amount of video data currently used!

It's almost hard to imagine what we could possibly use that much bandwidth on, but ReadWriteWeb speculates that with the advent of 4G Wireless technology, we could be looking at streaming HDTV, mobile cloud computing, video chat (as a standard) and much more.

For the full report from Coda titled 'Laptops and Netbooks: Mobile Broadband Traffic Across Regions 2009 - 2017), click here.
For the article from ReadWriteWeb, click here.

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