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In seeking productive investment destinations, the world’s attention has shifted from the BRICS nations to Africa – which is not, of course, a single economic region, but an array of 54 hugely diverse countries. Africa is often perceived as a “last frontier”, but it offers far more than just the resources – minerals, oil and gas – ascribed to frontier economies. The continent is witnessing the rise of an immense consumer class, mostly youthful, and desirous of the same goods and services as the fully developed world.
Things move apace within Africa’s telecoms industry. The continent continues to improve its international connections through new cables, grow its smartphone base, reduce its calling and data costs, introduce new legislation and regulations, merge landline and cellular companies, introduce new mobile-based technologies and services, and more. Here are a few of the most recent development in African telecoms…
Digitisation (the migration from analogue to digital technology) will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging and developed markets.
At present South Africa is leaps ahead of any other African country in terms of number and variety of distance learning institutions
The African technology market has emerged on the back of the continent’s mobile networks and is unlocking economic potential on the African continent in some of the most unconventional ways.
The popularity of the internet has taken awhile to catch on in Egypt, with less than 1% of the population online only a decade ago. Today though, there’s a very different picture evident, showing Egypt’s embrace of the digital realm, with Egypt’s Communications and Information Technology Department set to implement three major projects to harness Egypt’s online growth.
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) offer a means of substantially improving productivity and efficiency across a broad number of economic sectors for companies, as well as both developed, and developing countries.
Botswana, a middle-income nation, has one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. It has enjoyed an excellent record of political stability since independence in 1966, a consistent focus on education investment has led to high education levels, and the country has one of sub-Saharan Africa’s highest investment grade sovereign credit ratings.
Agricultural transformation is about individual farms shifting from highly diversified, subsistence-oriented production towards more specialised, market-oriented production. This involves a greater reliance on input and output delivery systems and increased integration of agriculture with other sectors of the economy.
There are currently more than 500-million mobile subscribers on the continent as opposed to 240-million in 2008. Although the African telecommunications market is in its developmental stage, the market is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the world. Various projects are in place to increase Africa’s bandwidth. These projects aim to cut down costs for both the operator and the end-user.
The Zimbabwe transport department has commissioned the European project management, engineering and consultancy group Royal Haskoning to conduct a major road upgrade and tolling study on the 580km-long Harare-Beitbridge highway. The expected cost of rehabilitating the route is more than $600m, some of which will be funded as a loan against revenue from future tolls.
Cloud computing has generated significant hype in Africa. But with IT vendors pushing the technology case, few companies have taken the time to look at the value it can offer from a business perspective, says Frank Rizzo, partner in Advisory at KPMG. “With services such as Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Google Drive popularising the commoditisation of cloud computing, we have reached the point where implementation has become a question for the CEO and not the CIO. Cloud computing is not driven solely by technical experts any more but by business leaders who are looking to leverage cloud computing from an overall business perspective,” says Rizzo.
In this episode of the Africa Conversation Series, the panel of industry experts discuss the challenges that infrastructure poses of the progression and economic growth of Africa. The constraints to growth posed by inadequate infrastructure – whether it be road, rail, power, or ICT – is all too familiar. There is persistant talk of need to be physically building Africa. In this episode we hear a discussion on the pace of transformation and the strides that have been take in the area of infrastructure in Africa.