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Africa telecoms outlook: key trends and opportunities

Karim Yaici Senior Analyst, Research
Stephen Sale Research Director, Consumer Services

Africa telecoms outlookIn this white paper, you will find a collection of articles highlighting the important trends that are driving the development of the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors in Africa.

Our experts discuss a number of issues and challenges, ranging from the threat of OTT players on mobile voice revenue in South Africa and the growing demand for Internet services and operator-led mobile money services, to the anticipated reforms in the audiovisual sector and ways in which governments can encourage investment in broadband networks to advance the digital economy.


Articles included in this white paper:

  • Broadband infrastructure and data centres are key to the development of Africa's digital economy.
  • OTT messaging services dominate in South Africa, but mobile voice will be more resistant to substitution.
  • Fundamental reforms are needed to promote the growth of the African audiovisual sector.
  • The growing demand for Internet services across Sub-Saharan Africa continues to drive network expansion and smartphone take-up.
  • Operator-led mobile money services in South Africa have yet to gain traction.
  • The government in Nigeria has an opportunity to encourage further investment in broadband networks.
  • Consumer survey: mobile operators in the Middle East and North Africa are struggling to retain young users.
  • Tech companies offer an alternative to PPP investments in broadband networks.