Cisco aims to ‘light up Africa’
COMPUTING| March 4, 2013, 12:18 p.m.
Cisco says it is set to light up Africa with connectivity, as the next era of computing leads to ‘the internet of everything’.
Speaking at the Cisco Expo 2013 at Sun City, South Africa, Cisco senior VP Howard Charney painted a picture of a future when every thing is fully connected – people to people, people to machines and machine to machine, and global collaboration enables revolutionary new solutions.
The data in circulation will grow exponentially, Cisco notes, with up to 50 billion connected devices by 2020. “But it is not the data itself that will change the world, it’s the correlations, mining that data for value, and sharing of this data that will make the difference,” he said.
Charney told journalists in a briefing session that Cisco’s Internet of Everything is a significant initiative in which the company is positioning itself to catalyse this future.
“Only 0.05% of the world’s available data is being mined for value currently. The next big step is connecting all the devices and mining all of the resulting data for value.
“The Internet of Everything is about the connection of everything to the global infrastructure, and critically – turning information into action. Things become apparent once they are connected," he said. He highlighted the potential to change people's lives when all available data can be collated and shared.
"How big an opportunity is the Internet of Everything really? In the private sector alone, it will be worth a little over USD14 trillion over the next ten years,” said Charney.
Cisco South Africa MD Alpheus Mangale said Cisco has a vision to change the way people live, work and learn – particularly in Africa. “Africa may look like a dark continent in terms of connections at the moment, but it is a continent rich with potential,” he said. “We believe that with our partners, we can light up Africa.”
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