“video” means “I see”, from the Latin verb “videre”.

And you’re going to see a lot more of it, if Cisco’s ‘Visual Networking Index Forecast’ is any indication.

This is an ongoing initiative from the ‘big switcher’, a White Paper which comes with companion reading topics like ‘Reaching the Zettabyte Threshold’.

Here’s some nuggets from the Executive SummaryGlobal Internet video traffic surpassed global peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic in 2010, and by 2012 Internet video will account for over 50 percent of consumer Internet traffic.

As anticipated, as of 2010, P2P traffic is no longer the largest Internet traffic type, for the first time in 10 years.

Internet video was 40 percent of consumer Internet traffic in 2010 and will reach 50 percent by year-end 2012.

It would take over 5 years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks every second in 2015.

Every second, 1 million minutes of video content will cross the network in 2015.

Internet video is now 40 percent of consumer Internet traffic, and will reach 62 percent by the end of 2015, not including the amount of video exchanged through P2P file sharing.

The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will continue to be approximately 90 percent of global consumer traffic by 2015. Internet video to TV tripled in 2010.

Internet video to TV will continue to grow at a rapid pace, increasing 17-fold by 2015. Internet video to TV will be over 16 percent of consumer Internet video traffic in 2015, up from 7 percent in 2010. Video-on-demand traffic will triple by 2015.

The amount of VoD traffic in 2015 will be equivalent to 3 billion DVDs per month.

High-definition video-on-demand will surpass standard definition by the end of 2011.

By 2015, high- definition Internet video will comprise 77 percent of VoD. In 2015, the gigabyte equivalent of every movie ever made will cross global IP networks every 5 minutes.

Global IP networks will deliver 7.3 petabytes every 5 minutes in 201. In 2015, there will be 6 million Internet households worldwide generating over a terabyte per month in Internet traffic, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2010.

There will be over 20 million households generating half a terabyte per month in 2015.

We wonder how much of this will comprise ‘slide shows’.

Published by Brett Clements