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MEA governments to pour $11.9bn into IT this year

Regional government IT spend to grow by 2.3% over 2013, says Gartner

Gartner: Telecom services, fixed and mobile, will constitute the largest portion of government IT spending in 2014
Gartner: Telecom services, fixed and mobile, will constitute the largest portion of government IT spending in 2014

Governments in the Middle East and Africa will spend $11.9 billion on IT products and services in 2014, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

This would mean that government spending on IT will increase by 2.3% over 2013, the research firm said.

Telecom services, fixed and mobile, will constitute the largest portion of government IT spending in 2014, growing 2.7% to reach $5.4 billion in 2014. This growth would be led mostly by growth in mobile network services, Gartner said.

Meanwhile, the software segment - including enterprise application software, infrastructure software, and vertical-specific software - will see spending rates increase by 10.5%, reaching $1.1 billion. This will be led by growth in enterprise application software (ERP, office suites and content, communications and collaboration), Gartner predicted.

"The Gulf countries are transitioning from an oil-based economy to a services-based economy. Vendors will benefit by offering innovative delivery models and by creating new monetisation opportunities for the governments," said Anurag Gupta, research director at Gartner.

"Saudi Arabia is the largest GCC member and is investing in various eGovernment initiatives. The UAE and Qatar lead the adoption of GCC eGovernment programmes and are now linking various government departments to offer a single interface point for citizens."

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