Data critical, must be shared as Internet evolves – Cisco

It is not about the data, it is about how this is correlated and learned from that matters. From education to healthcare, realtime data and the Internet of everything represents a new dawn of opportunity for Africa –  so says executive management at global network solutions and service provider Cisco.

Cisco has elaborated on its plans to contribute towards Africa's development using 'the Internet of Everything'. (Image: File)

The company unveiled its plans to meet the growing need for network connectivity and services in emerging markets throughout the continent at the Cisco Expo 2013 at Sun City, under the theme ‘the Internet of Everything’.

Alpheus Mangale, MD, Cisco South Africa, reiterated the company’s commitment to education and health, focusing on the role of Cisco Network Academies.

“The Program was first launched in 1997 and there are now 60 academies across South Africa and 800 across Africa. These are run in association with other academic institutions. We are addressing the need for skills through essential courses and our community knowledge centres,” said Mangale.

Executive leadership at Cisco SA said realtime data and the Internet of Everything is a global phenomenon that continues to have an impact on  lives.

The fight against malaria was one example raised at the keynote presentation.

David Meads, MD, Cisco Africa, said the company has phsyical presence in ten African countries and 300 employees across the continent. Combined revenues for the continent is $750 milllion, incorporating product and services, he said.

South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt represents 63% of the opportunity for the company in terms of revenue and largest in terms of employees and partner coverage.

“Mobile will far outgrow fixed line connectivity. Mobile phones will be the primary means of connectivity in the next five to ten years,” said Meads.

In terms of network readiness, there are four or five countries that are deemed to be network ready, within the top 25% according to stats available through WEF 2012.

Chris Tredger, Online Editor