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According to Cisco’s Visuals Networking Index (VNI) forecast (2012-17), internet traffic in India will reach 2.5 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 393 petabytes per month in 2012 (one exabyte equals one million terabytes).
“In India, there will be 348 million internet users in 2017, up from 138 million in 2012,” the VNI forecast said.
Globally, by 2017, India’s web users will swell to 3.6 billion, which will be more than 48 per cent of the world’s projected population of 7.6 billion.
Last year, worldwide internet users stood at 2.3 billion against a population of 7.2 billion, it added.
“The good news is that internet traffic growth in India is the fastest globally,” Cisco VP (Global Technology Policy) Robert Pepper said.
There is a great willingness on the part of the government and the industry to drive broadband penetration and ensure internet access, but there is still a lot to be done.
As people, devices and data get connected, the possibilities it opens are immense, added Pepper.
There will be two billion networked devices in 2017 in India, up from one billion in 2012, Cisco’s VNI said.