March 14, 2002, 12:00 AM

Get ready for the second Internet boom, IDC says

Worldwide Internet traffic will increase 93-fold from 2000 to 2005, IDC predicts. Internet traffic will surpass voice traffic in 2002 and will amount to more than eight times voice traffic by 2005, the company says.

When it comes to Internet use, you ain’t seen nothing yet, says Framingham, MA-based researchers IDC. Worldwide Internet traffic will increase 93-fold from 2000 to 2005, IDC predicts. Internet traffic will surpass voice traffic in 2002 and will amount to more than eight times voice traffic by 2005, the company says.

The growth will be driven by increases in the number of users, increasingly complex applications, and the proliferation of broadband access technology. Users will generate more than 2.3 million terabits per day of traffic by the end of 2005 -- representing a 147% compound annual growth rate through the period. IDC estimates that Internet users worldwide generated 24,432 terabits per day of traffic at the end of 2000. IDC says all the information in the Library of Congress equals 113 terabits.

"The continued, rapid growth of Internet traffic and the fundamental shift from circuit voice to packet data will drive substantial deployments of optical networking equipment," said Sterling Perrin, senior research analyst at IDC.

By 2005, 941 million users will have access to the Internet, IDC says. The IDC data is part of a new study , “More is Not Enough: Bandwidth End Use Forecast and Analysis, 2000-2005.”

 

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