South Africa ICT

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The telecommunications sector in South Africa is among the continent’s most developed. Telkom, the country’s former monopoly and fixed-line incumbent, is Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, competing alongside a number of heavyweight home-grown mobile providers. As in most sophisticated markets, the sector tends toward encouraging data-...

What are some of the challenges associated with having the government as a key customer?

In what areas do you expect to see growth within the mobile segment in the future?

With plans under way for some of the most sophisticated wireless infrastructure on the continent, a sizeable network backbone, high mobile data usage and encouraging corporate demand, South Africa is bursting with opportunities for growth in information and communications technology (ICT).

The introduction of the latest wireless network technology – long-term evolution (LTE) networks – was a surprisingly delicate issue in South Africa in early 2012. It was expected that spectrum licences for the networks would be awarded before the year’s end, but, even as operators race to increase capacity, implementation complications have delayed...

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: South Africa 2012

The telecommunications sector in South Africa is among the continent’s most developed. It tends toward encouraging data-heavy services by shifting from voice to data services, increasing smartphone usage, expanding localised content, and adding both private and public sector capacities to lay the groundwork for fourth-generation (4G) and long-term evolution (LTE) networks. As of the third quarter...

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