PC Market within Africa Declines Significantly in 2015
The African PC market sank to new lows in the second quarter of the year amid a slowdown in GDP growth, increasing unemployment, and the strengthening of the dollar against many of the continent’s currencies. The first-quarter shipments decline of 11.8% was topped by a 26.7% downturn Q2 2015, the largest slump the market has ever suffered.
African Broadband Internet Capacity Growth Fuels Economy
According to the latest global market study by TeleGeography, new growth in international Internet capacity connected to Africa continues to outpace that of any other region. Internet access continues to drive local economic development across the African continent.
Source: Digital Lifescapes
Growth of eCommerce within Africa could Reach $75 Billion
With 50% of the African continent expected to have access to the internet by 2025, online shopping could account for 10% of retail sales, or about $75 billion. Besides, Google reports online searches are rising, with commercial queries showing a significant jump.
Cloud Infrastructure Spending in CEMA is Expected to Rebound
Following a very strong 2014, cloud computing spending on enterprise infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) declined by 7% in the first quarter of 2015 — in contrast to 24% year-on-year growth in 2014.
Upside for IP-Enabled Consumer Electronics in EMEA IoT Market
The Consumer Electronics industry in the EMEA region reached $203 billion in 2014, that’s down 0.3% on the previous year. Devices with the ability to connect to the Internet accounted for 89% of revenues during the year, while the average number of IP-enabled devices per household across the region grew to 4.6, as IP connectivity in CE devices nears ubiquity.
The Internet of Things Market in CEMA to Grow by 22% in 2015
Why Windows 10 Launch Won’t Boost the EMEA PC Market
PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 17.2 million units in the second quarter of 2015 — that’s a 21.6% decline compared with last year. The market continues to suffer from currency exchange rates, which led to higher price points and weaker demand.
Cloud IT Revenue Reached $1.01B in EMEA during 1Q15
According to IDC, IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and Ethernet switch) for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) grew by 16% year over year to reach $1.01 billion in revenue during the first quarter of 2015.
Smartphone Sales Surge within the Middle East and Africa
Middle East and Africa smartphone shipments will total 155 million units in 2015, according to IDC. Smartphones accounted for 63% of the handsets shipped in the Middle East during the quarter and 47% in Africa.
Mobile Internet Use Dominates in the Middle East and Africa
There’s no doubt that the internet population in the Middle East and North Africa is a mobile-first one. According to study findings, 93% of internet users across Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt went online via mobile phone. Just 73% did so via a desktop or laptop computer.
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