Data tops global network traffic by 2004: Ovum

Data is likely to be the dominant portion of network traffic in developed markets within four years, driving telecommunications companies towards data-oriented network infrastructures, analysts claim.

Ovum analysts said in a new report that data traffic was growing at more than 30 per cent a year, while voice was growing at around 5 per cent a year.

The report's predictions included:

Growth in mobile telephony connections would slow from more than 30 per cent a year in 1999 to 12 per cent a year in 2003;IP would account for more than 5Tbit/sec of bandwidth, about 50 per cent of the total corporate access bandwidth market, by 2003;Total Internet connections would more than double, growing from 72 million at the start of 1999 to 194 million at the start of 2004; andInternet access revenues -- revenues to ISPs for providing Internet access -- would grow from $US24 billion in 1999 to $US53 billion by the end of 2003.

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