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67% of Argentine homes will have Internet by 2018

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Study stresses steady increase in Web access

Almost 70 percent of Argentines will have Internet access by the year 2018, when mobile devices will dominate the market and everyday tools like fridges, TVs and cars will also be connected to the worldwide Web, according to a report released recently by the Cisco Visual Networking firm that estimated that in four years’ time the average Argentine will have 3.4 digital devices to choose from.

To be precise, 67 percent of Argentines will be have access to the Internet by the year 2018, when 55 percent of all connections will be made through mobile devices, the firm said. Online traffic will have increased 2.4 times from 2013 statistics and 76 percent of this traffic will correspond to online videos.

Cisco’s regional manager, Gonzalo Valverde, pointed to the imminent launch of 4G in Argentina has playing a role in future projections for Internet use in the country.

“This decision will generate significant investment in infrastructure in the coming years, just as we hope there will be a positive impact on the quality and speed of mobile services,” he said.

According to the data, Argentina’s projected Internet service for 2018 places it close to average in the region, where Brazil and Mexico stand out for having the fastest speeds and the largest traffic volumes.

In 2013, Argentines consumed 15 gigabytes of data per month, which will rise to 27 gigabytes per month by 2018, the report revealed. In the case of households, monthly data will rise from 40 gigabytes to 72 gigabytes in the same period. It was also reported that Argentines consume much more than the average regional rate of 14 gigabytes, which is expected to rise to 25 gigabytes by 2018.

When it came to IP traffic, the firm estimated that growth in Argentina between 2013 and 2018 will be of 19 percent annually, multiplying activity by 2.4 by 2018, from 0.33 exabytes per month to 0.78 by 2018.

A changing www

Cisco’s report also pointed to some interesting global expectations. By 2018, the world will have 21 billion fixed or mobile devices connected to the Internet and four billion Internet users. Seventy-nine percent of IP traffic will stem from online video, it reported.

Other daily tools will also start playing a role in connectivity, with Cisco pointing to cars, fridges and televisions for their connection potential. The traditional PC, it said, will begin to loose its dominance.

“The Internet of Everything is also gaining momentum and by 2018 there will be nearly as many machine-to-machine (M2M) connections as there are people on earth,” it said. “Smart cars will have nearly four M2M modules per car.”

Herald staff with Télam

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