Is your business equipped to manage 62% ‘smart’ connections?


The latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast 2014-2019 predicts that 62% of South African mobile connections will be ‘smart’ connections by 2019.


The significant growth in mobile connections and traffic is based on the ongoing adoption of more powerful mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections combined with broader access to faster cellular networks. Last year, 82% of mobile traffic was ‘smart’ traffic, with advanced computing/multi-media capabilities and a minimum of 3G connectivity, but that figure is expected to rise to 98% by 2019.


According to Comstor, a division of WestconGroup Southern Africa, fast-paced adoption of mobile devices will be a key contributor to the country’s transformation impacting industries like education, healthcare and government services.


“The findings of Cisco’s VNI is no surprise given the phenomenal growth of mobile traffic. In South Africa, mobile data is expected to grow 11-fold from 2014 to 2019 with an estimated 48.2 million mobile users (88% of the population) in the 2019. As the Internet of Everything continues to take shape and trends like BYOD only expand, the question is whether South African enterprises are ready to handle the surge in mobile data traffic,” says Donovan Couve, Cisco business lead at WestconGroup Southern Africa.


According to Cisco’s VNI Majority of mobile connections will be ‘smart’ connections by 2019 going up to 62%, from 21% in 2014. This means that local businesses will be forced not only to embrace the mobile but also to ensure the security of company data that is being shared via ‘smart’ connections.


South African mobile data traffic will grow twice as fast as fixed IP traffic from 2014 to 2019 and mobile traffic per South African user will reach 7217 megabytes per month at a CAGR of 57%.


“For local businesses to handle the growth in mobile data, education and preparation are everything. At Comstor we help our partners to prepare for the future of IT with advanced Cisco Services and product specialists in convergence, security, network management, mobility and wireless networking solutions,” says Couve.


The South African business of 2019 will be no stranger to flexibility, incorporating technologies like cloud, mobility, social and data analytics to bring together people, processes and data of everything. It will also use data intelligently, strengthening connections and turning data into insights that can be used to better business.


“Whether this is done through Comstor or not, businesses need to start evaluating if they have right hardware and software in place to turn this increasing mobile data into action. This may mean redesigning your business’s mobile strategy to get analytics that enable the transformation of data into valuable business insights in real time.”




About WestconGroup
WestconGroup, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. The company goes to market under the Comstor and Westcon brands. WestconGroup’s teams are located in 60+ countries around the globe, create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. WestconGroup’s portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Polycom, Check Point, F5, Palo Alto and Blue Coat, among others. For more information, please visit



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