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SA mobile data traffic to grow eight-fold

According to an article published on IT Web AFRICA, mobile data traffic in South Africa is forecast to increase almost eight-fold over the next five years and as the segment grow twice as fast as fixed IP traffic in the country.

This is according to networking technology firm Cisco, which further predicts that mobile traffic growth in the country could be double that of fixed line traffic.


The ‘Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018’ further says that mobile data traffic in South Africa is set to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 53% in the next five years. This means that the market segment could reach an annual run rate of two exabytes by 2018.

An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes or one billion gigabytes.

Cisco says strong growth in the adoption of mobile internet connections in South Africa, such as personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, is set to drive this trend “In South Africa, there will be 40 million mobile users by 2018, up from 38 million in 2013,” notes the study. “There will be 98 million mobile-connected devices by 2018, approximately 1.8 per capita for South Africa,” the study further adds. As a result Cisco is further predicting that video will make up 78% of South Africa's mobile data traffic by 2018, compared to 50% at the end of 2013.

Globally, video is set to represent 69% of mobile data traffic in 2018, up from 53 percent in 2013, says Cisco.

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