ICT & Telecoms

ICT & TelecomsBrief overview:

To address the infrastructure gap, African governments in collaboration with the private sector and development partners have put in place policy reforms, programs, projects, and the necessary financial resources to improve on the quantity and quality of ICT & Telecoms infrastructure.  Although the ICT sub-sector has been the most vibrant of the infrastructure sub-sectors, progress in some countries has been limited by government monopoly, which has resulted in excess costs and undermined the access to and quality of ICT services.

AAIC 2015 will feature ICT & Telecoms break-out stream presentations from Australia and four regions of Africa in the following sub-sectors:

  1. Broadband Connectivity
  2. Internet and Data Security
  3. Satellite Networks
  4. Cloud Computing
  5. Mobile Applications

ICT & TelecomsAfrica ICT & Telecoms Facts Sheet

  • Mobile phone usage has spread more rapidly in Africa than on any other continent recently – at an average 18 percent a year in the last five years (Reuters)
  • Several regions of Africa, particularly in East Africa, mobile money has become increasingly important: annual transactions are estimated to be worth over US$8 billion in Kenya; monthly transactions were estimated at over US$200 million in Uganda in 2012
  • The Telecoms  industry in Africa  paid $21 billion in taxes in 2012 – including $8.4 billion in value added taxes and $3.9 billion in corporate tax – and this could double by 2020, GSMA estimates
  • InternetWorld Stats says Africa only has about 139.87million Internet users as of December 31 2011, with a penetration rate of 13.5% of its total population, representing only 6.2% of the world’s Internet users
  • In 2011, 19 undersea cables connected Africa to the rest of the world—up from only 3 in 2005. As a consequence, cumulative capacity increased from 2,900 gigabytes to 102 terabytes over the period. Africa is leapfrogging fixed-line networks and moving directly to mobile technologies
  • ICT & TelecomsInternet  penetration rate is much higher in North Africa (where 27 percent of the population have Internet access, on average) than in Southern Africa (13 percent), East Africa (12 percent), West Africa (9.5 percent), and Central Africa (4.5 percent)
  • Africa, with its burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit, has long been touted as the last frontier for galvanizing enterprise market growth, and cloud computing is well suited for this unconquered continent ( source: Vanguard newspaper Nigeria)
  • For mobile app developers, cloud computing has opened up the gates for early adoption of new applications, which allows in particular SME customers to access the cloud at a very low cost and access these applications tailored for  regional market, workforce and shareholder needs(source: Vanguard newspaper Nigeria)
  • According to a recent study conducted by SAP AG in 17 countries around the world, increasing demand for mobile commerce services in developing countries such as South Africa, Saudi Arabia and China, more than eight out of 10 consumers were requiring more mobile interactions with banks, Telco’s, retailers, utilities and other businesses
  • With so much room for growth, satellite-based services are supporting everything from pay TV and cellular phone services to robust broadband and niche VSAT markets throughout Africa (source: satelitemarkets.com)
  • According to the Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa report, Nigeria will account for about a quarter of the region’s TV households in 2017, with South Africa contributing a further 15%. Three-quarters of the region’s TV households still received analog terrestrial signals at the end-2011, though this proportion will drop to 46% (23 million TV households) in 2017

Sources: Satelitemarkets.com, Vanguard newspaper Nigeria, Africa Development Bank Group.