the focus on a post-oil era, it’s no surprise the region is in the early stages
of the greatest transformation of networking yet. It’s an exciting time as exponential growth
in video, mobility and cloud are revolutionising how we connect to each
other. CommScope is helping
organisations across the Middle East and Africa plan for the future as
communications technology evolves at an astounding rate.
Below are four key trends shaping the region’s growing
need for fibre based on insights from customers and partners.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope explains how Fibre is a growth engine for the Middle East and Africa.
industries is creating an economic imperative
As the region embraces economic diversity, governments
are investing in non-oil industries to diversify their sources of income[i]. Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates
(UAE) are taking steps to position themselves as financial technology hubs[ii]
while the Dubai government is focusing on increasing productivity across healthcare
and construction[iii]. Saudi Arabia has taken another step in its ‘Vision
2030 plan,’ created to lessen the country’s dependence on oil, by giving
women the right to drive.
Places like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain continue
to experience increased airline traffic[iv]
while the UAE has its own space program.
In fact, it plans to expand satellite efforts and launch the first Mars
probe in the Arab world[v].
are driving changes in tomorrow’s network
report by HSBC Private Bank suggests
that the Middle East is home to the highest proportion of millennial entrepreneurs
in the world – 63 percent of the business owners they screened in the Middle
East were age 35 or under. Mobile phone
use is almost 100 percent among millennials in the region.
The rise of applications
requiring low latency
latency is even more critical in today’s information age, where delay is often
measured in milliseconds rather than days. The UAE is well placed to lead the
worldwide autonomous revolution given Dubai’s smart city goals combined with a
young and tech-savvy population[vi]. The value of the region’s augmented
reality and virtual reality market is expected to be $6 billion by 2020,
according to GITEX.
Middle East and Africa’s
demand for bandwidth is rising exponentially
According to a Google
report, watch time on YouTube is growing by 60 percent year-on-year
in this region while 69 percent of consumer internet traffic will be video,
according to Cisco. Ninety-three percent of the region’s 193
million monthly Facebook users access the software from mobile phones while 62 percent of young Arabs – those aged 18-24 – use
WhatsApp on a daily basis[vii].
CommScope is adapting to fibre demands through
As the world embarks on a potential fourth
Industrial Revolution, it is the 30 billion to 50 billion connected devices that will spur the unprecedented growth in
bandwidth. The next few years are critical to building the networks that will
meet the demand. In anticipation of this need, CommScope is preparing the Middle East and
Africa for decades of increased bandwidth.
The region is encouraging investment in high capacity
networks as leaders see fibre as the infrastructure of the 21st century. Come visit us in Hall
1, F1 – 40 at GITEX
Technology Week 2017, taking place in Dubai on October 8-12.
National (UAE edition)