AT&T Says Internet Will Reach Its Capacity Limits by 2010. Will it?

Submitted by lalit on April 18, 2008 - 8:46pm.

Speaking at Westminster eForum on Web 2.0, Jim Cicconi, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for AT&T said “The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today. In three years time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic that the entire Internet today.” This is however an exaggeration as there is more than 600 petabytes of traffic over Internet per day. 20 households won’t even match the traffic that is processed by Google (20 Petabytes) per day even after 10 years. The average daily Internet usage by a household is around 1GB per day, Even if this raises 200 times in three years and reaches 200GB per day for each household, a total of 20 house holds will just reach 4TB per day and that is 80,000 times less than one day of traffic for Google alone. Jim Cicconi further added “We are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010.” He said that the traffic will increase 50 fold by 2015 and I totally agree with that. By 2015 every household will definitely use 50GB bandwidth per day. I don’t know whether we are going to reach the limit of Internet by 2010 or not. I do know that we will have to improve the infrastructure to meet the increasing demand for more bandwidth, as the bandwidth requirement will quadruple in next three years for sure. You can read more about what Jim Cicconi said on Cnet.