Last updated: 13 Nov 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 226
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the Broadband and Internet markets in 34 African countries. Subjects covered include:
Africa’s data traffic is on the rise, fuelled by rapid growth of ADSL and wireless broadband services. Massive efforts are under way to adapt the continent’s underdeveloped infrastructure to the growing need, both on the national and international level. Broadband has begun to rapidly replace dial-up as the preferred access method, and this process is already virtually completed in the continent’s more developed markets. Overall market penetration is still low, leaving ample room for further growth in the coming years.
Africa is still the least connected continent in the world, both from an Internet penetration perspective and in terms of the total bandwidth feeding the continent. Growth has, however, accelerated in recent years due to improvements in infrastructure, the arrival of wireless access technologies and lower tariffs. The introduction of competition and increasing regulatory pressure on monopolistic pricing by incumbent telcos for international bandwidth is beginning to have a positive effect.
VoIP continues to gain ground in Africa with growth rates in excess of 100% per year, following steady improvements in Internet bandwidth and deregulation in several key markets. Nevertheless, at least 10% of international calls in almost every country on the continent are still carried by unlicensed grey market players, because many operators are not yet passing on the full cost savings from VoIP to their customers. Profit margins are still very healthy in this emerging market.
More than half of all African countries now have commercial DSL services, but their growth is limited by the poor geographical reach of the fixed-line networks. The rapid growth of Internet access has therefore been mostly confined to the capital cities so far. The introduction of mobile data services is changing this as Africa’s mobile network operators are moving into the ISP business, bringing Internet access to many areas outside of the main cities for the first time.
Telkom South Africa ADSL, dial-up and satellite Internet subscribers - 2003 - 2007
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Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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