Cisco Sees Mobile Data Doubling Annually

Wireless-data traffic is expected to double every year through 2014, driven by a sharp increase in the volume of handheld devices as well as mobile video content, according to a Cisco report.

Data use will surge as cellphone makers produce more Web-enabled handsets. Cisco (CSCO) says there could be more than five billion such devices connected to mobile networks in four years.

The company expects smart phones and Internet-enabled laptops to drive 90 percent of mobile traffic within five years, by which time 400 million consumers will access the Internet through a mobile connection only.

India will see the highest increase in smart-phone penetration, which will triple over the same period, and the sharpest uptick in smart-phone users, which is expected to quintuple.

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