Cisco's new report sheds light on the development of the Internet over the next five years - from 2017 to 2022. The research is titled "Visual Networking Index" (VNI) and includes a number of indicators for the global network.
The forecast shows that by 2022, the internet will use 60% of the world's population. More than 28 billion devices are expected to be connected to the global network, after a user drops an average of 3.6 devices per user, while in 2017 this indicator is 2.4 devices per user.
The speed of broadband, cellular and Wi-Fi networks in the world will increase almost twice during the period under review. By 2022, global IP traffic will reach 396 exabytes per month, compared to 122 in 2017. The number of Internet users, however, will increase from 3.4 billion (45% of the country's population) to 4.8 billion (60%).
More than half of connected devices in 2022 will be of the type M2M (machine-to-machine), while at the beginning of the considered period their share was 34 percent. In absolute terms, it is about 14.6 billion connections in 2022, compared with 6.1 billion in 2017.
The average speed of fixed broadband networks in the world will almost double in five years - from 39.0 Mbps (megabits per second) to 75.4 Mbps while the average speed of Wi-Fi networks will increase from 24.4 Mbps to 54, 0 Mbps. Mobile Internet connections are expected to increase the average speed to 28.5 Mbps, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index.
Earlier this month, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released a report according to which 3.9 billion people or 51.2% of the country's population are online. In the last 13 years, the Internet has hit the fastest in Africa - while in 2005 users were only 2.1% of the continent's population, this indicator rose to 24.4% in 2018.
But the penetration of the Internet in Africa remains much weaker than in the developed regions. For example, access to the network in Europe has 79.6% of the population at the end of the current year.
Overall, in developed countries, the share of people using the Internet has increased from 51.3% in 2005 to 80.9% in 2018, while in developing countries progress has been increasing by 7.7 to 45.3% over of the reviewed period.