South Africa: Internet users to reach 27 mln by 2019


Fibre InternetSouth Africa is expected to see a rise in internet traffic as more people switch to smartphones and smart devices. This is according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index 2015, which was revealed by Fin24.

The report forecasts that the number of internet users in South Africa is expected to rise 27 million by 2019, from 15 million in 2014. Internet protocol (IP) traffic has also been forecast to grow six-fold, representing an annual growth rate of 44 percent.

According to the report, Cisco said that a significant percentage of that growth will centre on internet video consumption, with South Africans expected to download 43 billion minutes of video content by 2019. As per the report details, South Africans will have 43 billion minutes of video content by 2019.

The figure highlights the fact that consumers and businesses alike are using rich media clips as they head towards the digital era with the Internet of Everything (IoT), said Vernon Thaver, CEO at Cisco South Africa. Mobile video traffic in South Africa is also expected to grow 73 percent as people increasingly stream video content to smartphones.