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Video will account for 81% of all Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) by 2021, according to Cisco’s latest forecast.

mobile video 8 june 2017Internet video made up 62% of traffic in MEA in 2016, however just 21% of the total population in the Middle East and Africa used the Internet last year. By 2021, Internet usage will rise, but only to 28% of the population, Cisco predicts in its 12th annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast.

Worldwide, the number of Internet users will grow from 3.3 billion in 2016 to 4.6 billion in 2021, representing 58% of the total global population.

The networking hardware conglomerate predicts that by 2021, there will be 35GB of Internet traffic per month in MEA, up from 8GB in 2016. This monthly Internet traffic will generate traffic equivalent to three billion DVDs, or 10.3 exabytes (EB) per month in the region.

Broadband speeds will increase to an average of 17.1Mbps in MEA, up from 7.8Mbp last year. This is still well short of global averages, which last year hit 27.5Mbps and are forecast by Cisco to reach 53Mbps in the next four years.

Of particular note for MEA with its extensive mobile connectivity, the IT conglomerate also expects MEA’s average mobile speed to reach 11Mbps in 2021, compared to an average of 3.8Mbps in 2016. Globally, the average mobile speed will grow from 6.8Mbps in 2016 to 20Mbps in 2021.