The Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast (2012-2017), has projected that the Middle East and Africa will continue to be the fastest growing IP traffic region from 2012 to 2017. It has experienced five-fold growth, with a 38% compound annual growth rate over the forecast period. MEA was the fastest growing region last year as well, with ten-fold growth or 57% compound annual growth rate for the 2011 - 2016 forecast period in this category.
"Cisco's VNI Forecast once again showcases the seemingly insatiable demand for bandwidth around the globe and provides insights on the architectural considerations necessary to deliver on the ever-increasing experiences being delivered. The growth projections for the Middle East and Africa demonstrate that the potential of the Internet is phenomenal. As more devices and people are connected on the network, we will continue to innovate and transform our business to meet the demands of our customers in the UAE. With more and more people, things, processes and data being connected in the Internet of Everything, the intelligent networks and the service providers who operate them are more relevant than ever," said Rabih Dabboussi, managing director, Cisco UAE.
The forecast also predicted that global IP traffic will grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017 and that Middle East and Africa IP traffic in 2017 will be equivalent to 10 billion DVDs per year, 866 million DVDs per month, or 1 million DVDs per hour.
Also in the region consumer internet traffic grew 83% in 2012 and business internet traffic grew 63% in 2012. Internet-Video-to-TV traffic increased 3-fold in 2012. In 2017, the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross Middle East and Africa's IP networks every two hours.
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Ten percent of consumer internet traffic was mobile in 2012, and 31% of consumer internet traffic will be mobile in 2017 whilst 5% of business internet traffic was mobile in 2012, and 14% of business internet traffic will be mobile in 2017.
Consumer fixed internet traffic grew 80% in 2012 and was 53% of total IP traffic in 2012, and will be 48% of total IP traffic in 2017. The average broadband speed grew 20% from 2011 to 2012, from 3.1 Mbps to 3.7 Mbps in the region and fixed/Wi-Fi was 54% of total internet traffic in 2012, and will be 54% of total Internet traffic in 2017.
On a global scale, by 2017, there will be about 3.6 billion internet users-more than 48% of the world's projected population (7.6 billion). In 2012, there were 2.3 billion Internet users-about 32% of the world's population (7.2 billion).