Broadband could be the key for boosting the digitalisation of Africa and, consequently, its economic growth. There has been an increase in both public and private entity initiatives in order to encourage the spread and affordability of the fast connection. Below is a press review of the articles covering this topic.
Change of pace
The topic of broadband as a driver of economic development has been the focus of the third AfICTA (Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance) summit, hosted in Johannesburg. Delegates from Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa took stock of the initiatives currently in progress and those that could be activated in order to continue to move towards the goal of ”Internet for all”. Cris Tredger, in his article for IT Web Africa, cites the opinions of Adrian Schofield, Vice-President of AfICTA, on this subject.
At the South African Telecommunications Network and Applications Conference (SATNAC), as reported by an “IT online” article, the focus was mainly on broadband and its potential for the future socio-economic development of Africa. According to Mupanga Mwanakatwe, CEO of Zamtel, the continent will be able to increase to nearly 950 million broadband subscribers by 2018.
The connections on fixed networks are growing
In Africa, broadband that travels on a fixed network has reached a share of 12.8 million connections in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 5% compared to the first three months of the year, as stated in an article by Telecompaper, citing research by Quantum-Web. The strongest growth, highlighted in the article, registered by the fibre optic network, grew by 15%.
Nigeria focuses on 2017
According to the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) and MTN, by 2017 the African country will undergo a sudden increase in the rate of broadband penetration. Meanwhile, the target set for 2015 is a 10% share, as pointed out by an article from IT News Africa.
The MainOne projects in Ghana
MainOne, a telecommunications company operating in West Africa, has announced an investment plan focussing on Ghana, in order to develop the dissemination and use of broadband. This was reported in an article from “Ghana Web” which cites the comments of Kazem Oladepo, the company’s Business Executive Manager.