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SADC not Bridging the Digital Divide

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are recognised by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states as enablers of stronger economic development. Yet, these countries are still grappling with slow and unreliable ...

Cost of Smartphones Continues the Digital Divide in Tanzania

The Tanzanian mobile market has been one of the most vibrant markets on the continent as a result of higher competition and an enabling wholesale cost environment. Consumers have been the beneficiaries of fierce pricing strategies yet this dynamis...

The Movitel Miracle - New Dynamism in the Mozambican Mobile Market

Vietnamese backed Motivel has shaken up the Mozambican mobile market with its high investment, low user cost business model — creating the largest 2G/3G network in the country and winning 37% of subscriber-based market share in its first three yea...

Update: State of Prepaid Market in South Africa Submission to the Parliament of South Africa on "The Cost to Communicate in South Africa"

Pent up demand for internet service has driven strong growth in data revenues for operators throughout Africa. Traditional voice and SMS revenues have, in turn, been shrinking but still make a significant contribution to operator revenues. Operat...

Much Ado About Nothing? Zero Rating in the African Context

A fresh, public-interested assessment of the zero-rating of certain applications (apps) and platforms in the African mobile prepaid environment is overdue. This policy paper examines the issue of zero-rating within the contexts of the range of dis...

OTT - Threat or Opportunity for African Telcos?

Mobile broadband and declining smart phone prices have lead to a rapid increase in Internet use. Computer based Internet access was and still is the privilege of the few in Africa, mostly those with formal jobs, students and those that access it...

2016: Rise of the Living Dead - SA's Mobile Operators Wake up as 2020 Draws Closer

The mobile telecommunications landscape in South Africa is possibly one of the most dynamic in Africa. The financial year 2015/16 has seen a multitude of strategic responses from operators to factors changing demand. In response to the latest fina...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Tanzania: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

Tanzania’s score on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Networked Readiness Index (NRI) was low (ranked 118 in 2012) and it continues to lag behind countries such as Uganda (107), Nigeria (104) and Kenya (81). Use is particularly poor amongst indivi...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Uganda: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

Uganda’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector has continued to grow over the last few years, driven especially by demand for both mobile voice and mobile internet services, with the ICT sector contributing 6% of the national GDP i...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Nigeria: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

The Nigerian telecommunications market is fully liberalised, highly competitive, and evolving with time. Since 1992, a wide range of regulatory initiatives has been undertaken to open up the market to private operators to provide products and serv...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Ghana: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

Many countries see information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a necessary foundation for sustained, long-term socio-economic development. Consequently, such countries have developed policies and strategies to harness the potential of ICT...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Ethiopia: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

As demonstrated in Asian and European telecommunication systems characterised by adequate budgets and efficient administration, a state monopoly in the right circumstances can make rapid and major strides towards universal telecommunications acces...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Botswana: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

Botswana has experienced radical changes in its information and communication technology (ICT) institutional and regulatory framework since the year 2006 when the market was liberalised to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to provide voice o...

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