CISCO, Africa a renowned mobile centric hub

Africa’s internet traffic will grow six-fold by 2020, when the Middle East and Africa internet traffic will be equivalent to 527 times the volume of the region’s in 2005.

People accessing the internet like these people using Ushahidi, will drive Africa’s internet traffic to grown six-fold in next four years.

People accessing the internet like these people using Ushahidi, will drive Africa’s internet traffic to grown six-fold in next four years.

Africa will also be the fastest growing region, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, which covers the years 2015-2020.

Calling Africa “a renowned mobile centric hub”, Cisco says there will be about 1,.5 networked devices per capita in 2020, of which 77% will be mobile. The average mobile connection will be 5Mbps, while fixed broadband speed will increase 2.4 fold, it predicts.

“The digital transformation is happening now for billions of consumers and businesses users across the globe,” says Cathy Smith, general manager for Cisco South Africa. “Increased connectivity and internet usage will positively impact South Africa’s digital migration journey.”

Globally, mobile data traffic will grow 15-fold from 2015 to 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 71%, or twice as much as wired usage. Mobile will grow to 40% of total IP traffic in 2020, up from 15% in 2015.

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