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IDC monitors World Cup’s impact on ICT

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International Data Corporation (IDC) is monitoring the impact of 2010 FIFA World Cup on technology deployment and adoption in South Africa, a senior official has announced.

In an interview with ITNewsAfrica.com on Wednesday, IDC Director for Africa, Middle East and Turkey, Mark Walker, said the exercise was aimed at assessing the impact of the event on Information Communication Technology (ICT) spend.

“We have kept abreast of the economic impact of this event especially as it affects ICT spend over the last five years. We have also done some research to understand the impact of the World Cup on technology use patterns and technology deployment across South Africa”, said Walker.

He said IDC believed that the company would see significant use of the latest security, event and facility management, communications and mobile technologies during the historic event.

The World Cup will see 32 participating national teams drawn from Europe, America, Asia and Africa battle for the championship title.

By Tintswalo Baloyi

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