Business Mobile Device Usage to Increase to 5.1B by 2016

A series that highlights key statistics and global technology adoption trends from CISCO’s latest Visual Networking Index Forecast. This post explores the rapid growth of mobile device usage in the business sector.

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According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, the number of business devices/connections will increase from 2.2B in 2011 to 5.1B in 2016. This represents an 18% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), which is a higher CAGR than both the residential (17.3%) and consumer (8.3%) sectors.

In Canada, business mobile data traffic grew by 127% in 2011. The VNI Forecast predicts that Canadian business mobile data traffic will grow 12-fold from 2011 to 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 64%.

This rapid growth in business mobile device usage is due to the following market drivers:

  • Advances in mobile technology that make it possible for employees to perform a variety of tasks on their smartphones and tablets.
  • Employee demands to use mobile devices to access corporate data.
  • Increased employee productivity when they use their mobile devices to work at any time and from anywhere.
  • The cost savings that come from allowing employees to use their own devices instead of providing them with corporate-issued phones.
  • Improvements in employee collaboration.

“This trend of significantly increased business devices has real implications for small- and medium-sized business in Canada. It will require more planning for their network infrastructure, along with security planning and the establishment of rules-based software to manage access to the company’s systems,” said Gary Isaacs, VP mid-market and small business, Cisco Canada.

Cisco’s VNI Forecast is part of its ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide. The latest VNI Forecast update covers 2011-2016 and quantitatively projects the amount of IP traffic expected to travel public and private networks, including Internet, managed IP and mobile data traffic generated by consumers and business users.

For more information and to download the complete report, visit the Cisco Visual Networking Index home page.

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