Cisco: More people to have mobile phones than electricity by 2020
Global IT firm Cisco forecasts that by 2020, 5.4 billion people will have mobile phones, while only 5.3bn will have electricity, 3.5bn will have running water and 2.8bn will have cars, numbers that can alter – in as yet unexplained ways – the way we live our lives.
From video content – forecast to have a higher growth rate than any other mobile application – to 4G connections, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015 – 2020 laid out global forecasts for mobile, digital and connectivity for the coming few years.
According to the data, mobile users around the world will represent 70 per cent of the global population and the Middle East and Africa regions will experience a 71 per cent growth in mobile data traffic – the highest in the world – from 2015 till 2020.
“The number of mobile users will grow from 709 million in 2015 to 879m in 2020 in the MEA region. With the ever-increasing millions of people and things that are being connected in the region, mobility is the predominant medium that’s enabling today’s digitisation transformation,” Andy MacDonald, vice-president, Global Service Provider for the Middle East, Africa and Russia at Cisco, said.
Cisco researchers credited the adoption of mobile devices, the increased mobile network coverage and the demand for mobile content as the main drivers for the upcoming growth.
“Future mobile innovations in cellular, such as 5G, and Wi-Fi solutions will be needed to further address new scale requirements, security concerns and user demands. IoT advancements will continue to fuel tangible benefits for people, businesses and societies,” MacDonald added.