In the next five years, the number of internet users will jump from 3.3 billion to 4.6 billion people, or more than half (58%) of the world population, according to a forecast by the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), released on Thursday, June 8. The study also believes that there will be an increase in device connections from 17.billion to 27.1 billion by 2021. M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) connections will make up over half this total with 13.7 billion connections (compared with 5.8 billion connections currently).

And video will be most responsible for this, representing 82% of the traffic (against 73% today). Globally there will be close to 1.9 billion video users in 2021 (excluding those who use mobile devices), compared to 1.4 billion in 2016. There will be 3 trillion minutes of video on the internet a month, or around a million minutes every second.

Cisco believes that live video will increase 15 fold over the next five years and will represent 13% of internet traffic. While this is happening, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) will grow 20 times, even though they’ll represent just 1% of overall traffic. The study also estimates that more than 56% of flat screen TVs will be 4K, as opposed to 15% in 2016. The number of installed TVs with this resolution will go from 85 million today to 663 million by 2021.

This is an excerpt of the article written by Bruno do Amaral on