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Cisco Says Online Video to Boom in MEA by 2021

chike onwuegbuchi

By 2021, 81% of all Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will be video.

This is according to Cisco's 12th annual Visual Networking Index Complete Forecast, which projects future IP and Internet traffic trends. Last year, the amount of MEA Internet traffic that was video was 62%.

However, Internet usage numbers will remain low in the region, with the report predicting that 28% of the MEA population will use the Internet in 2021.

This is, however, an improvement on the statistic of 21% last year. Global forecasts show that overall Internet users will grow from 3.3 billion in 2016 to 4.6 billion by 2021, which will represent 58% of the total global population.

By 2021, in MEA, there will be 35GB of Internet traffic per month, per user ? this is up from 8GB in 2016. Cisco also predicts monthly Internet traffic in MEA will generate three billion DVDs' worth of traffic, or 10.3 exabytes (EB) per month.

Network devices are also on the rise and the index shows that in four years, there will be 1.4 network devices and connections per person in the region, compared to 1.1 in 2016.

Africa can also look forward to better broadband speeds. Cisco says by 2021, the average broadband speed in MEA will be 17.1Mbps, up from 7.8Mbps last year. However, when looking at global forecasts, average world broadband speeds will increase to 53Mbps by 2021, compared to 27.5Mbps in 2016.

Africa's mobile-centric culture will also be aided when MEA's average mobile speed reaches 11Mbps in 2021, compared to 3.8Mbps on average in 2016. Globally, the average mobile speed will grow from 6.8Mbps in 2016 to 20Mbps in 2021.