South Africa ICT

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Competitive as it is, South Africa’s telecoms sector continues to see growth and attract the attention of foreign investors. Meanwhile, falling prices are driving increasing volumes – contributing, with rising data usage, to a stabilisation of average revenue per user (ARPU). Operators are seeking growth from greater use of value-added services...

As is the case in many markets elsewhere, allocation of spectrum in South Africa is controlled and regulated by the government, and heavily demanded by a variety of end-users, including mobile operators, television broadcasters and emergency services. Spectrum scarcity is not a uniquely South African challenge, as the uptake and usage of...

Chapter | IT & Telecoms from The Report: South Africa 2013

South Africa has a sizeable “digital divide”, with urban areas benefitting from a range of modern technologies while rural areas tend to be less connected. However, with a renewed draft broadband policy, South Africa now has a framework for developing the ICT infrastructure that will help its economy modernise and thrive. In the sphere of backhaul infrastructure, the private sector has a strong...

With a long-established track record as the continent’s largest financial platform and one of the world’s biggest mining producers, South Africa has significant economic clout in the region. 

Competition on call-pricing packages continues to be a major feature of the South African mobile market, although data services are taking on an increasingly significant role this year, one that is expected to grow in the short to medium term.
The government has reiterated its commitment to speeding up the rollout of a national broadband network, in a bid to improve what is already some of the most developed telecommunications infrastructure on the continent. The information divide is still a concern, however, with country’s overall penetration rate still lagging behind some of its neighbours in terms of broadband access and price.

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