Internet News: In Brief


* According to a Cisco report, IP traffic in the Middle East and Africa will reach one exabyte per month by 2014 at a rate of 45 per cent. Monthly Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa will generate 182 million DVDs worth of traffic, or 727 petabytes per month. The Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region at 133 per cent CAGR, followed by Asia Pacific at 119 per cent and North America at 117 per cent. The Cisco VNI Forecast also predicts that the growth in traffic will continue to be dominated by video, exceeding 91 percent of global consumer IP traffic by 2014. Improvements in network bandwidth capacity and Internet speeds, along with the increasing popularity of HDTV and 3DTV are key factors expecting to quadruple IP traffic from 2009 to 2014, the report said.

* Internet consumers in Kenya remain a discouraged lot over the non-reduction of prices despite the going live of three undersea fibre optic cables.While the projects, East African Marine System (Teams) and the National Fibre Optic Backbone Infrastructure (Nofbi) are already running and some in the process of being rolled out, experts say internet costs still remain comparatively high.The pricing formula remains unclear, with many consumers saying that while speeds have increased, charges remain significantly high. The most affected are individual internet consumers and small-and-medium enterprises, which cannot afford $500 per month, the current price for a dedicated one megabyte link.

* Neotel will carry out reconfiguration on the SEACOM backhaul. A number of major users rely heavily on this cable alone, which provides a growing proportion of South Africa's international services. MWeb also informed their subscribers about the maintenance on the South African leg of one of their SEACOM links, warning subscribers that there is likely to be downtime on this link of around 30 minutes. This upgrade will give us increased protection against unforeseen events like cable breaks and in light of the outages it’s had over the last few weeks it’s clearly a priority to get this in place.