A minute in one’s life can fly by without much even happening… A quick glance at your mobile phone, a third of your morning teeth brushing time, a quarter of your favourite song of the moment. But what happens when we combine our collective online minutes and condense them altogether? 204 million emails are sent, 6 million Facebook page views are racked up, 61,000 hours of music on Pandora blast out and 1.3 million video clips are streamed on YouTube. The figure might not mean a great deal, but 640,000 gigabytes of global IP data is transferred in just one average minute – an astonishing amount.
As the mobile internet boom continues to proliferate at jaw-dropping rates, this level of data transferral is only going to increase day-over-day, month-over-month, and year-over-year:
Today, the number of networked devices equals the world’s population. By 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to be double the world’s population. And by the time we reach 2015, it would take five years to view all the video content crossing IP networks each second. [Source: Intel]
The issue that rises is that many of us are increasing our standards for internet quality without realising that we are doing it. The handling capacity of service providers is keeping up with the curve and our experiences seem to be improving. However, will there be a tipping point where too much data is being transmitted and the condition of our connections become too volatile for us to remain pleased? It seems that the solutions are already in the pipeline. For example Intel’s new project, codenamed “Crystal Forest“, aiming to boost communications infrastructures to the point of extremely efficient processing with no compromises on security. Initiatives such as this should keeps us ticking over until we think of our next tweet.