MEA region sees fastest IP network traffic growth

The Middle East and Africa are the two fastest growing regions for IP network traffic according to Cisco

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By  Julian Pletts Published  July 16, 2009

The Middle East and Africa are the two fastest growing regions for IP network traffic. That is according to results from a study recently conducted by networking giant Cisco.

The vendor has announced the findings of its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast and Methodology for 2008 to 2013 and has revealed that the annual growth rate of IP network traffic in the MEA region stands at just over 50%.

The vendor says that the financial crisis has only slightly impacted global traffic growth and that worldwide traffic is expected to increase more than five times by 2013. Cisco also predicted that video will account for more than 90% of the traffic by the same year and that mobile video communication is to massively contribute to this figure.

Sam Alkharrat, managing director of Cisco Gulf and Pakistan, says that the findings of the study highlight the increasing reliance on global network video streaming.

“Our annual VNI forecast demonstrates how visual networking is fundamentally changing the way we communicate, collaborate, view and share all types of content. It also provides another example of the extent that we partner with our customers to help them prepare and take full advantage of the dynamic network landscape in the years ahead,” asserted Alkharrat.

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