Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecoms infrastructure has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, thanks to new undersea cables, national fiber links and mobile data services. Even though services such as email and social media have taken off, Africa has lagged global trends in the adoption of more bandwidth-hungry usage such as cloud computing, remote working and video.
The reason for this is simple: 2G and even 3G connections are not always fast and reliable enough for more demanding usage. Add in the high costs per-megabyte for cellular data in many parts of the continent and it becomes clear why many African businesses have been reluctant to embrace the full potential of the mobile Internet.
That picture is beginning to change. According to the GSM Association (GSMA), 4G accounted for just under 1% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s connection base in 2014, compared to a global average of 11%. However, the Association predicts that connections will grow to 6% by 2020, as issues such as unavailability of 4G spectrum are resolved.
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