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MEA: Middle East Africa Region

  • 2011 MEA government IT spending to near $6bn – IDC

    Research firm says fibre rollout to drive deployment, adoption of e-government services.

    IT spending by governments in the Middle East and Africa during 2011 will increase by 10.7% on last year, predicted research firm IDC on Wednesday.

    The company said that 2010 investment stood at $5.35 billion, so based on IDC's expectations, MEA IT spending should near $6 billion this year.

  • AE: Mastercard reveals details of survey on the future of smart cities

    Three in four people would be happier living in a smart city, according to a new report by Mastercard

    The report features insights related to human aspirations and technological progress for smart cities in the Middle East.

    The report shed light on human aspirations and technological advancements driving the development of smart cities in the Middle East. With projections indicating that two-thirds of the global population will reside in urban areas by 2050, there's a growing imperative to ensure that future cities are secure, sustainable, and inclusive.

  • eHealth Fueled by Strong Government Leadership in Key MEA Countries

    It is a good time to be a patient in some Middle East and Africa countries. Government authorities have named ehealth a top priority and are backing up their words with solid financial support. As a result, public (and many private) hospitals and clinics are building up their IT infrastructure in order to facilitate patient information management and sharing and to create channels and touchpoints for patient administration and remote care and monitoring.

    The results show in the numbers. According to data recently released by International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on IT among healthcare organizations is soaring in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE. Over the five-year period from 2012 to 2017, spending will jump by just under 10% annually. The purpose of the spending varies by country.

  • MEA government IT spending set to reach $5.35bn

    Spending by the Middle East and Africa (MEA) government sector on information technology (IT) totalled $5.35 billion (Dh 19.63 billion) in 2010 and is set to see double-digit growth in 2011, according to the latest research from the Government Insights team at IDC, the premier global market intelligence and advisory firm for the information technology and telecommunications markets.

    The recently released "Middle East and Africa Government Sector Top 10 Predictions, 2011" report from IDC Government Insights reveals that IT spending by MEA governments will surge 10.7 per cent year on year in 2011 as they look to encourage greater adoption of ICT across their jurisdictions by revamping outmoded regulatory regimes, creating conducive environments for industry growth, and instilling greater confidence and trust among residents.

  • MEA government IT spending to hit $12bn this year

    Government IT spending in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will reach US$12 billion during 2014, a 2.3 per cent increase from 2013, according to research firm Gartner.

    The forecast includes hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.

    “Telecom services, which includes fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector. It is expected to grow 2.7 per cent in 2013 to reach US$5.4 billion in 2014 – led by growth in mobile network services,” Gartner said.

  • MEA: Building a better world through connected devices

    With the development of high-speed broadband internet, the widespread availability of smart devices and region-wide support of digital initiatives, the Middle East is currently one of the most adaptable region’s supporting smart device technology integration.

    Additionally, the rising penetration of connected devices in the region is leading more governments to adopt more e-Government initiatives, making the transformation into digital economies with the initiation of smart city technologies.

  • MEA: Authorities explore social media benefits

    Time ideal for governments to tap Web 2.0

    Governments throughout the Middle East and Africa realise that simply ignoring online social media is no longer a valid option and they are adopting a more progressive approach to building their online social media presence and adopting the necessary competencies to proactively engage with their citizens, industry experts said.

    "From improving the access to information and services to engaging in dialogue with citizens, online social media hold great promise in their ability to increase the transparency of government institutions' interaction with the public," Mukesh Chulani, senior research analyst for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey at IDC Government Insights, said.

  • MEA: Increasing Investment by Government on Digital Solution and Services are Likely to Impel the Growth of Middle East & Africa Digital Transformation Market in Future, According to Research Nester

    The global Middle East & Africa digital transformation market is segmented into digital software such as digital content and application, digital sales and commerce, digital marketing, digital customer experience & service and digital integration platform. Among these segments, digital integration platform segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the market by the end of forecast period. The expansion of the digital integration segment is backed by its compact and lightweight design. Moreover, it can be used in areas of adventures and harsh conditions owing to its rugged and waterproof design.

  • MEA: Smart city revolution: Why it’s time to digitally transform existing cities?

    For some countries in the region, their journey of digital transformation was part of their long-term development goals and strategies towards smart cities

    Smart cities have garnered a lot of attention in recent years. Pitched as paradigms of what future cities should be, smart cities are intelligent ecosystems that are enabling the efficient, convenient, and sustainable distribution of and access to services for citizens and civil servant employees.

  • MEA: Telcos, 5G are main drivers of digital transformation: Etisalat chief

    5G offers exciting new revenue prospects but telcos need to go beyond connectivity to achieve good return on investment.

    The telecoms industry and 5G play a major role in supporting digital transformation as businesses move towards more collaborative and immersive remote working, said Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer, Etisalat International, during the Telecoms World Middle East 2021.

  • MENA: A quantum shift in city design thinking is on the horizon

    Farah Naz and Martin Angus of AECOM Middle East speak to Gavin Davids about why it is essential that ESG strategies become intertwined with the planning and development of smart cities

    The concepts of smart cities and sustainability are often intertwined, as it is impossible to consider one without the other. By their very nature, smart cities involve the implementation of eco-friendly projects that improve the quality of life for residents and communities, while still respecting the environment.

  • Rural Broadband Summit at Broadband MEA Tackles Digital Divide in Middle East and Africa

    Leading officials to talk about the future of rural broadband connectivity at Broadband MEA

    Broadband MEA, the premier event driving sustainable growth of broadband in the Middle East and Africa, is attracting top industry representatives in the region to its first ever Rural Broadband Summit to be held on 25 March 2012. As MEA governments and industry players alike work towards bridging the digital divide to improve rural broadband, the summit will explore the opportunities and innovations required to achieve connectivity in these territories.

  • Strong government leadership drives eHealth in key MEA countries

    eHealth is a top priority

    Across the region, public (and many private) hospitals and clinics are building up their IT infrastructure to facilitate patient information management and sharing – creating channels and touch points for patient administration and remote care and monitoring.

    According to data recently released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on IT among healthcare organizations is soaring in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE. Over the five-year period from 2012 to 2017, spending is projected to jump by ~10% annually.

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