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Middle East & Africa internet cloud traffic is booming

Special Report

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Cisco predicts that by 2018 the Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate. PHOTO: Huffington Post

With the advancement of the Internet among many African companies and individuals, there has been a rapid increase in the use of cloud computing.

According to Cisco, by 2018 half of the world’s population will have residential Internet access and roughly 53 per cent of the users will store their content on an Internet cloud service.

“In Middle East and Africa, there will be 57.1 million consumer cloud storage users by 2018, compared to 22.8 million in 2013,” the report said.

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The development of the cloud traffic, workloads and storage will have cloud representing 76 per cent of the total data center.

“The research further highlights that in the Middle East and Africa, data center traffic will reach 366 exabytes per year (30 exabytes per month) by 2018.”

There has also been a significant increase in the number of countries considered “cloud ready”.  In 2013 79 countries met the single advanced application criteria for fixed network and 42 countries met the intermediate single application readiness criteria for mobile networks. 

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This year, 109 countries met the single advanced application criteria for fixed network and 52 countries met the intermediate single application readiness criteria for mobile networks.

Head of Architectures Emerging Markets, Den Sullivan said, “As mobility is becoming more and more prolific across the continent, people are demanding to have access to personal, business and entertainment content wherever they go and on any device. This has increased the demand and use of cloud-based technology across Africa.”

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