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Worldwide Internet Traffic to Double by 2007

IDC’s recently released study, Worldwide Bandwidth End-User Forecast and Analysis, 2003-2007: More is Still Not Enough ($$$), predicts that within five years, Internet traffic generated by end-users will double, from “180 petabits per day in 2002 to 5,175 petabits per day by the end of 2007.” The press release uses an interesting analogy to illustrate the impact of this growth. “The entire printed collection of the Library of Congress amounts to only 10 terabytes of information. By 2007, IDC expects Internet users will access, download, and share the information equivalent of the entire Library of Congress more than 64,000 times over, every day.”

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