Africa - Telecoms, Mobile & Broadband Overview and Analysis 2005
While being the world’s most rapidly growing market for mobile telephony and also home to the fastest growing fixed telephony markets in the world, Africa still has the world’s lowest penetration rates. Explosive growth in the mobile sector has meant that by early-2005 mobile users constituted around 80% of all African telephone subscribers. Overall Internet and broadband penetration is very low due to limited fixed-line infrastructures, but demand is high, and the proliferation of new wireless technologies is expected to deliver a major boost. Many African countries are undergoing sectoral reform and foreign investment is flowing in as privatisation and deregulation are progressively being introduced. Overall, Africa’s telecoms future offers great opportunities to service providers, equipment vendors and investors.
Table of Contents
2. Telecom market overview
3. Key developments
3.1 Deregulation and privatisation
3.1.1 Privatisation highlights 2004/2005:
3.1.2 Deregulation of fixed-line, international gateway and bandwidth markets
3.1.3 Liberalisation of VoIP telephony
3.2 Infrastructure developments
3.2.1 Domestic infrastructure
3.2.2 International infrastructure
3.3 Data traffic on the rise
3.4 Internet markets: Virtually untapped
3.4.1 Limited access
3.4.2 International connectivity
3.4.3 Africa’s ISP market
3.5 Mobile communications: A wireless continent
4. Eight new African Telecommunications Reports
4.1 General Report:
4.2 Geographic Reports
4.3 Market Reports
Exhibit 1 – South Africa’s ‘Big Bang’ liberalisation 2004/2005
Exhibit 2 – Globacom – a new African operator going global
Paul has been a relentless advocate and tireless activist for making the world a more connected place.
His passion for broadband and his firm belief in its transformational impact on societies across the globe is unrivalled.
I am honoured to call Paul a friend and I trust he will keep up the fight for better broadband and better access to broadband for all people, wherever they live and whatever their background, into the future.
Senator Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate