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Cisco’s 2014 Visual Networking Index, released today, predicts there will be 53 million Wi-Fi hotspots globally by 2018, with both cable and wireless carriers extending their reach by employing Wi-Fi hotspots.

Cisco predicts Wi-Fi and mobile connected devices will generate 61 percent of all IP traffic in four years and that Wi-Fi will account for 49 percent of that traffic while cellular will account for just 12 percent.

In contrast, fixed line traffic will decline to just 39 percent of total IP traffic by 2018, down from 56 percent in 2013.

The annual report also predicted that IP traffic will grow three-fold over the next four years and that global IP traffic for fixed and mobile will reach more than one and a half trillion gigabytes per year by 2018.

By 2018, 79 percent of all IP traffic will be video in some form, according to Cisco, the largest router company in the world. Ultra-HD video, also known as 4K, is expected to gain significant ground by 2018.

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