October 11, 2013
Now to Information Gatekeepers, Inc. with Your Latest Network Traffic Report
By Kelsey Brown
TMCnet Contributing Writer
While beltway traffic may be much lighter as the shutdown in the District of Columbia continues on, network traffic is a whole other story. The Internet and mobile data are the largest drivers of the demand for a strong network bandwidth. As such, it’s the end users’ data streams accessing the World Wide Web or mobile networks that encourages traffic growth.
In a recent report on network traffic forecast and analysis between 2013 and 2017, Information Gatekeepers, Inc. dubs these data streams as three of the four “Major Sources of Traffic,” which are the heftiest and fastest-growing. Thus, this report, published in September and aptly named “Network Traffic Forecast and Analysis: 2013 - 2017,” says that it only makes sense that two of the, arguably, largest and fastest-growing companies—Apple (News - Alert) and Microsoft—contribute to this network growth. This is not to say that other companies, such as Samsung and Google, haven’t added to development in this market, as well, but Apple and Microsoft (News - Alert) surely stand as the organizations most responsible for putting the smartphone on the map… or GPS, to speak in more technologically modern terms.
Still, even in times of tremendous success come problem areas that demand corrective action. The Information Gatekeepers report notes that, while Apple and Microsoft may be the heavyweights of the telecommunications world (or just the world in general), the companies are facing financial problems. Yes, they each find themselves with a plethora of cash on hand due to their past accomplishments in the technology arena, but this fact does not necessarily ensure promising results for the future. In fact, each company has noted recently slower sales of their most prevalent products—Apple’s hardware and Microsoft’s software.
Additionally, Information Gatekeeper addresses the fact that other large corporations, including AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert), are also seeing similar problems, as they need to create large enough network infrastructures to compensate for traffic for which they currently can’t. This, in turn, depletes their returns on investment.
Supported by Figure 1 through Figure 87 and beginning with a “discussion of market drivers” and an economist-like “look at the demand and supply situation of the network,” the report further discusses these traffic demands and industry issues that follow.
Interested readers may now order a report (in print copy or PDF form) on the Information Gatekeepers, Inc. site.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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