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Report: UAE an attractive proposition for digital businesses

29/06/2015 by Julian Frankum


The UAE is "ideally-placed to advance digital businesses and society", according to Cisco on the release of its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2019.

As regional newspaper the Khaleej Times reports, the statement was made in light of the forecast that the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will boast 425 million internet users by 2019, or 27% of the population.

The report also revealed that the MEA region will see IP traffic grow six-fold in the next four years, which would mean a compound annual growth rate of 47%.

Meanwhile, social networking will grow to become the most highly-penetrated residential internet service in the region, with 176 million users, or 81% of total residential internet users.

The trajectory is a result of global increases in internet users, personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, faster broadband speeds, and the implementation of advanced video services, Cisco said.

"By 2019 there will be nearly 3.9 billion global internet users [more than 51% of the world's population], up from 2.8 billion in 2014," the report reads. "In 2014, there were 2.8 billion internet users, or 39% of the world's population of 7.2 billion."

The Internet of Things (IoT) has long been regarded as a concept that will play a large role in the MEA region and Cisco's forecasts suggest that such predictions were on the money.

According to the VNI, there will be 2.1 billion networked devices in 2019 – up from 1.4 billion in 2013 – while 78% of all networked devices will be mobile-connected.

Commenting on the future of digital, Fady Younes, head of Service Providers, Cisco UAE, said: "We are entering into a very dynamic technological era and the rapid increase in connected devices will benefit a wide range of industries ... in terms of increased efficiency, reduced costs, and, most important, improvement of the lives of citizens."


UAE, Digital, Cisco

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