Average South African will use 7GB mobile data by 2019 says Cisco

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Mobile data use in South Africa is set to increase by more than 11 times its current rate over the next four years, with average speeds to your handset doubling to 3.6Mbps. That’s according to networking company Cisco, which has just released its Visual Networking Index forecast for 2014-2015.

The current state of the nation, according to Cisco, is that mobile data currently makes up 13% of all internet traffic and is expected to grow to 32% by 2019. 98% of that will be 3G-at-least “smart data” compared to 82% today.

One key finding is that while 21% of all current mobile connections are 3G enabled, Cisco is predicting that 62% will be by 2019 – that gives you some idea of what the firm is expecting in terms of growth in the number of smartphone sales.

According to the report, we’ll be quite greedy with that data too. Average use is expected to rise from 710MB a month in 2014 to a whopping 7.2GB by the end of the decade. That number is indicative of how many people will use mobile as their only connection, as well falling prices and growth of the internet of things.

For Cisco, which doesn’t make phones, an increase in the number of things connected to the internet which aren’t for human communication – like vehicle trackers, healthcare devices and so on – is obviously big news. The firm reckons the number of wearables will rise to 2.4m and generate 391MB of data.

The full global report is over here. Cue the obligatory infographic:


Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.