‘Unrelenting growth in
internet traffic’ could
overwhelm the internet in 2007, according to research by Deloitte.
Brightman, global managing partner at Deloitte, said: ‘The unrelenting
growth in internet traffic during 2007 may overwhelm some of the internet’s
backbones: the terabit-capable pipes connecting continents.’
The firm has released a report on the internet this week, which says that a
lack of investment and the growth in heavier data traffic like video downloads
and VoIP are also to blame.
‘The impact may be most noticeable in the form of falling quality of
service,’ Brightman said. ‘Surfers are most likely to be annoyed by the slowdown
in service. And it may only take an unexpected upsurge in video usage to turn
the inconvenience caused by a drop in access speeds into full-scale consumer
In an accompanying report, Deloitte also predict that 2007 will be the year
for Video on Demand
services, however warns that consumers broadband speeds may not yet be up to the
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