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Cisco Predicts IP Traffic Growth in MEA Region
Internet Protocol (IP) traffic in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is expected to grow eightfold from 2010 to 2015, according to the annual Cisco (News - Alert) Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016).
Cisco also predicts that by 2015, IP traffic in the Middle East and Africa will be equivalent to six billion DVDs per year, 505 million DVDs per month, or 691,466 DVDs per hour.
The annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016) is an ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze IP networking growth and trends worldwide.
By 2015, Internet traffic in the region will be equivalent to 98x the volume of the entire Middle Eastern and African Internet in 2005.
“Times are certainly changing with VNI data projecting that there will be 72m internet households generating more than 200 gigabytes per month in 2016, and 19 billion networked devices,” said Rabih Dabboussi, general manager, Cisco UAE. “The network is more important today than any time in history, as more and more people rely on it every day to live their lives and run their businesses.”
Businesses are seeing a high demand of tablets, mobile phones, and other smart devices as well as machine-to-machine (M2M) connections from consumers. This increase in demand will eventually result in a high demand for connectivity and Cisco predicts that by 2016, there will be about 18.9bn network connections for each person on Earth.
The high level of IP traffic growth is also driven by faster broadband speeds, more video and Wi-Fi growth. There is expected to be 1.5 billion Internet video users by 2016, up from 792 million Internet video users in 2011. With the popular BYOD trend, business Internet users will grow from 1.6 billion in 2011 to 2.3 billion by 2016. Desktop videoconferencing will be the fastest-growing services and business mobile location-based services will be the fastest growing business mobile service, with an increase from 27 million users in 2011 to 158 million users by 2016.
Cisco Systems (News - Alert) recently revealed that it will be creating some 12,000 high-tech jobs targeting the Arabs in Israel over a four-year period. The initiative is an extension of the one-year project dubbed Maantech, which came to an end this year. Maantech aimed to reduce the economic gaps that exist between Israel’s affluent Jews and the less economically-empowered Arabs.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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