A report from networking company Cisco says the number of networked devices will grow to two billion in India by 2016, up from one billion in 2011. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast attributes the sharp growth to increasing popularity of high-speed Internet services and tablets and smartphones.
The Cisco report further estimates there will be 18.9 billion network connections globally by 2016 – almost 2.5 connection for each person on the planet – up from 10.3 billion in 2011. According to the forecast, the Asia-Pacific region will have 46.7 percent, 8.7 billion, of the global network connections.
The Internet traffic in India is expected to grow at rate of 64 percent between 2011 and 2016. Also, there will be 502 million Internet users by 2016 in India, up from 127 million in 2011.
It's learnt that the government has accorded top priority to the Internet telephony segment. As per the recently approved National Telecom Policy 2012, the government has relaxed norms for Internet telephony and aims to increase penetration of telecom services in the country, 39-70 percent by 2017 and 100 per cent by the year 2020.
"Internet plays a pivotal role, for emerging countries like India, to address its ambitions...Increasing video consumption, fuelled by adoption of new technologies like 3G and 4G and the government's efforts towards the last mile connectivity will be the key drivers," Cisco India and Saarc Senior Vice President (Service Provider) Sanjay Rohatgi said.
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