According to Cisco, Saudi Arabia will have 194.2 million network-connected devices, and 30 million internet users by 2022.
The Cisco Visual Networks Index predicts that the number of Internet users worldwide will reach 4.8 billion by 2022, of whom 549 million live in the Middle East and Africa.
During (30 Years of Possible) event, Cisco celebrated the 30th anniversary of the launch of the World Wide Web by unveiling the highlights of the Visual Networks Index from forecasts and analyzes of trends and continuous changes that will change the digital landscape in the region and the world.
The Cisco Visual Networking Index report identified four key factors expected for IP traffic growth in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East and Africa by 2022:
"We know that the Internet is growing rapidly," said Salman Faqih, CEO of Cisco Saudi Arabia.
Faqih added: "As a result of Saudi Arabia 's continued investment in infrastructure and the development of a thriving economy and a vibrant society in line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, the fastest and most powerful Internet will open up unprecedented horizons for individuals and various commercial and industrial sectors. Digital transformation is a vital force for economic growth; companies must adopt an innovative and proactive mentality".
Faqih continued: "Denial of service attacks could account for up to 25% of the country's total Internet traffic. By applying appropriate protection mechanisms, companies can protect themselves during the full sequence of attack before, during and after an attack".
"In a country like Saudi Arabia that embraces innovation, the Internet is still changing our lives in different ways. Recognizing the changes that are taking place in the Middle East and Africa, governments, policy makers and service providers must continue to unify their efforts to create an accessible and secure Internet service that supports sustainable economic growth," Faqih added.