MENA IP traffic to grow 30% per year to 2014
Mobile data traffic will continue to be dominated by video adds Cisco report
Business IP computer traffic in the Middle East and North Africa will grow at an average annual rate of 30 percent until 2014, according to a new global study released on Wednesday.
The Visual Networking Index Forecast 2009-2014, by global networking experts Cisco, said that while global business IP traffic was expected to grow at an average rate of 21 percent, traffic in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) will show the fastest growth and will surge by 30 percent a year until 2014.
Overall, MENA IP traffic will reach one exabyte per month and is expected to see 6.5-fold growth by 2014. Monthly internet traffic is expected to generate the average equivalent of 182m DVDs worth of traffic, the report added.
The MENA region is also forecast to have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region, with an average growth rate of 133 percent per annum until 2014.
The growth in traffic will continue to be dominated by video, exceeding 91 percent of global consumer IP traffic by 2014 and the online video community is expected to grow to one billion users within the next four years.
The report also found that it currently takes an average of two hours to download a 4GB DVD-quality movie, compared to three days in 2000. A 3MB audio file currently takes five seconds to download and a 1MB email attachment takes two seconds, compared to three minutes and one minute ten years ago.