2008 African Telecommunication/ICT Indicators 2008

At a Crossroads

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Prepared for Africa TELECOM 2008 (Cairo, Egypt, 12-15 May 2008), this report is an indispensable reference book of telecommunication facts and figures for the region. The publication provides an overview of market trends, including in the area of fixed, mobile and Internet services. It looks at the availability of ICTs in households and highlights the importance of community access to ICTs. It further looks at the role of different factors that will be crucial in connecting Africa, including regulation and taxes schemes in telecommunications/ICTs. The report includes some 20 regional tables covering key telecommunication/ICT indicators, 55 individual country pages with a five year profile from 2002-2006, and a directory with names of telecommunication ministries, regulators and operators in the region.



Enhacing the enabling environment

While Africa’s ICT sector has shown considerable growth recently, sustaining this growth in the future may prove difficult. Additional subscriptions and use of ICT services will come from lower income segments of the population, typically including people in rural and remote areas. This segment is harder for operators to address, because the costs of infrastructure provision are high. These customers are also highly sensitive to pricing and small price changes can have a big impact. Factors beyond the control of telecommunication operators that significantly influence investment, network deployment and pricing decisions, include regulation, taxation and electricity.


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