November 19, 2007 - Consumer and corporate Internet usage could outstrip network capacity in North America and worldwide in a little more than two years, according to The Internet Singularity, Delayed: Why Limits in Internet Capacity Will Stifle Innovation on the Web, a study conducted by Nemertes Research.
The study indicates that Internet access infrastructure, specifically in North America, will cease to be adequate for supporting demand within the next three to five years.
Voice and bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming and interactive video, peer-to-peer file transfer and music downloads and file sharing are redefining the Internet. Nearly 75 percent of U.S. Internet users watched an average of 158 minutes of online video in May and viewed more than 8.3 billion video streams, according to research by comScore. Additionally, wireless devices such as cell phones, Blackberrys and gaming accessories provide consumers ever-increasing access to the Internet, exponentially accelerating consumption of Internet bandwidth according to the Nemertes study.
The findings indicate that by 2010, the Internets capacity will not likely accommodate user demand. As a result, users could increasingly encounter Internet brownouts or interruptions to the applications theyve become accustomed to using on the internet.
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