Gartner: MEA government IT spend grows in 2014

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa will spend $12.2 billion (€9.7 billion) on IT products and services in 2014, an increase of 1.3 percent over 2013 revenue of $12 billion, according to Gartner. Telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector. It is expected to be $5.4 billion in 2014--led by growth in mobile network services. Software spending will grow 9 percent in 2014 to reach $1.2 billion. In 2014, software spending will be led by growth in the ERP, SCM, CRM and enterprise application software which includes office suites and content, communications and collaboration amongst others. "Saudi Arabia, the largest Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) member, is investing in various digital government initiatives. UAE has ambitious plans to build multiple smart cities and provide several government services 'online' to its citizens," said Anurag Gupta, research director at Gartner. Release

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