Published: 22.01 Europe/London, June 7, 2011

Global Iinternet video traffic surpassed global peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic in 2010, and by 2012 internet video will account for over 50% of consumer internet traffic, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index.

The forecast is part of an ongoing initiative to track and forecast the impact of visual networking applications. We selected the video highlighyts of the report, which can be downloaded from the Cisco website.

As anticipated, as of 2010 P2P traffic is no longer the largest internet traffic type, for the first time in 10 years. Internet video was 40% of consumer internet traffic in 2010 and will reach 50% by year-end 2012.

It would take over five years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks every second in 2015. Every second, 1 million minutes of video content will cross the network in 2015.

Internet video is now 40% of consumer internet traffic, and will reach 62% by the end of 2015, not including the amount of video exchanged through P2P file sharing. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand, internet, and P2P) will continue to be approximately 90% of global consumer traffic by 2015.

Internet video to TV tripled in 2010. Internet video to TV will continue to grow at a rapid pace, increasing 17-fold by 2015. Internet video to TV will be over 16% of consumer internet video traffic in 2015, up from 7% in 2010.

VOD traffic will triple by 2015. The amount of VoD traffic in 2015 will be equivalent to 3 billion DVDs per month.

HD VOD will surpass SD by the end of 2011. By 2015, HD internet video will comprise 77% of VOD.