San Jose, Calif. – Global file-sharing traffic is expected to double by the year 2015, but its share of overall traffic will shrink from 40% in 2010 to 24% in 2015, according to new findings from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index.
Streaming video services like YouTube and Netflix are expected to grow even faster, and account for a larger share of the overall total traffic.
By 2015, file-sharing traffic is expected to reach 13,797 petabytes per month, up from 4,968 petabytes in 2010.
File-sharing growth will be greatest in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, which will see a 35% annual growth rate, while the growth rate will be 18% in North America, and 14% in Western Europe.
Meanwhile, traffic generated by cyberlocker services like RapidShare and MegaUpload are expected to increase more than 600% by 2015, to 5,680 petabytes a month.
http://tinyurl.com/3p7v28 (Cisco report)