South Africa leads 4G growth in Africa
An international body has undergone an extensive study which has seen South Africa emerge as the fastest growing 4G broadband body in the whole of Africa. The study then went to further ascertain the fact that the steady growth pace of the 4G broadband in South Africa will account for most of the 4G connections in the South African Development Committee (SADC)
GSM’s Association (GSMA) released a statement to this effect where is said “Mobile Economy Report for Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 released on Thursday, 4G deployment is slow in the region, topping out at 6% by 2020″
On the findings that South Africa represents one-third of all SADC subscribers on the 4G network and is thus the leading country, the association said “South Africa will account for more than half of new 4G connections over the next five years, reflecting an established 4G ecosystem and
continued investment in infrastructure roll out by operators”
Despite this growth though, from researches by the association, conclusions have been made that the revenue to be generated by operators in the sub-Saharan Africa area would slow to about 1% in the year 2020, total revenue being at an estimate of $50.8bn
Operators have started to mitigate their low income situations by opting to sell and share their network towers. Given that in the year 2009, tower companies held less than 1% of the total towers, the number has climbed considerably to a stunning 29% which represents about 47,500 towers in numbers. These results were for just last year.