Sub-Saharan mobile broadband subs penetration to reach 50% by 2025 - Ericsson

15 November 2019

The sub-Saharan Africa region

The sub-Saharan Africa region

Mobile broadband subscription penetration in sub-Saharan Africa stands at approximately 30% and is forecast to reach around 50% by the end of 2025, according to the Ericsson Mobility report.

Driving factors include a young and fast-growing population and increasing demand for digital services and financial inclusion. The Ericsson Mobility Report article published in conjunction with MTN at AfricaCom 2019 in Cape Town examines market growth for mobile services in Ghana and Rwanda. It also looks at how a structured customer service programme has improved quality of services for end-users in these two markets. 

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Vodacom network-locking in bid to make phones more affordable

08 November 2019

The company emphasised that the move by Vodacom should not be seen as anti-consumer, but rather a way for the operator to subsidise handsets more aggressively, particularly at the entry level where affordability is a major issue

The company emphasised that the move by Vodacom should not be seen as anti-consumer, but rather a way for the operator to subsidise handsets more aggressively, particularly at the entry level where affordability is a major issue

Vodacom said it has started network-locking some smartphone devices for the first time in years in a bid to make smartphones more affordable to the end user.

Speaking to journalists at a media briefing, chief officer of the company’s consumer business unit, Jorge Mendes, said that contrary to popular belief, there are no regulations that prevent South African operators from network-locking phones, preventing them from being used outside the network on which they were sold.

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Broadcaster to enter Seychelles mobile sector

08 November 2019

Intelvision is currently the only fixed broadband and pay-TV provider across the islands

Intelvision is currently the only fixed broadband and pay-TV provider across the islands

Seychelles company Intelvision, which provides TV and internet services to the local market, is understood to be moving into the mobile sector.

The only fixed broadband and pay-TV provider across the archipelago has revealed that it is a planning a network rollout in 2020 alongside Chinese tech vendor Huawei.

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Vodacom Tanzania to bring 4G to Zanzibar

08 November 2019

Zanzibar residents and businesses will start to access faster mobile connectivity after Vodacom Tanzania announced plans to roll out 4G network in the next year.

This is part of the company’s plan to extend services to the isles, according to the firm’s managing director Hisham Hendi.

Average 4G download speeds are between 8-and-10 megabites-per-second (Mbps), with possible instances of up to 40Mbps.

Typical upload speeds are between 5-6Mbps, with possible instances of up to 15Mbps.

“Whenever I visit Zanzibar, I feel like I am at home in Egypt,” he said.

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