Internet Could Max Out in 2 Years, Study Says – washingtonpost.com
The Internet could run out of capacity before 2010 unless backbone providers bolster the pipes, researchers warn.
Saturday, November 24, 2007; 2:19 PM
Consumer and corporate use of the Internet could overload the current capacity and lead to brown-outs in two years unless backbone providers invest billions of dollars in new infrastructure, according to a study released last week.
A flood of new video and other Web content could overwhelm the Internet by 2010 unless backbone providers invest up to $137 billion in new capacity, more than double what service providers plan to invest, according to thestudy, by Nemertes Research Group, an independent analysis firm. In North America alone, backbone investments of $42 billion to $55 billion will be needed in the next three to five years to keep up with demand, Nemertes said.