TECH SUPPLIER Nov 2019 - Market Perspective - Doc # META45626119

African Broadband Review: Is Technology Important?

By: Oluwole BabatopeSenior Research Analyst, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

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This IDC Market Perspective presents an overview of the state of broadband technology across Africa and examines the available broadband services across the continent. The study looks at the drivers of and challenges to broadband adoption and concludes with guidelines for ensuring broadband growth.

"African governments have a major role to play in ensuring the continued growth of broadband services. Their focus on short-term gains (in terms of taxes and spectrum license fees) should be replaced with long-term strategies that enable services providers to thrive. Greater access to affordable connectivity allows citizens to be more productive, creating conditions for stronger economies that can benefit successive governments. Governments need to create and support the implementation of policies that ensure ICT providers can thrive and bridge the vast digital divides that exist across Africa." — Senior Research Analyst Oluwole Babatope, Telecommunications and IoT, IDC West Africa.


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