Cisco has predicted the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region will continue to have the fastest growing internet protocol (IP) traffic until 2017.
The prediction was included in the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI).
The VNI also revealed that IP traffic would peak at 413 million, MEA would record five-fold growth and a 38 per cent compound annual growth rate over the forecast period.
Dare Ogunlade, Cisco general manager in charge of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said in 2017, IP traffic would be equivalent to 10 billion DVDs annually, 866 million DVDs monthly and one million DVDs hourly.
He said: “10 per cent of consumer internet traffic was mobile in 2012; in 2017, 31 per cent of consumer Internet traffic will be mobile. 5 per cent of business internet traffic was mobile in 2012; in 2017, 14 per cent of business Internet traffic will be mobile in 2017.
“Consumer fixed Internet traffic grew by 80 per cent in 2012 and had 53 per cent of total IP traffic in 2012, it would be 48 per cent of total IP traffic in 2017.”