San Jose, Calif. – Worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold over the next five years, reaching 10.8 exabytes per month by 2016, according to a new forecast from Cisco Systems.

The company attributes the sharp increase in mobile traffic to a projected surge in the number of mobile devices, which is expected to exceed the number of people on Earth.

“By 2016, 60 percent of mobile users — 3 billion people worldwide — will belong to the ‘Gigabyte Club,’ each generating more than one gigabyte of mobile data traffic per month,” said Suraj Shetty, Cisco’s vice president of product and solutions marketing. “By contrast, in 2011, only one-half percent of mobile users qualified.”

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