Monday, 21 September 2015

INNOVATION CALLING, The magic of Mobile phone

INNOVATION CALLING, The magic of Mobile phoneThe mobile landscape in Africa is shifting faster and more energetically than anyone imagined. Given the rate at which mobile connectivity is rising, it seems only natural that the way business is done will change. Local companies, foreign investors, and global players have all made noteworthy investment into the continent or definitely parts of it. Even governments are waking up to the prospect to control and to auction range and licences. When it comes to telecommunications, Africa is a continent of great opportunity. With at least 500 million potential mobile subscribers, it confronts a massive consumer market when compared with the slowdown in subscriber growth in the rest of the world.

With only a 55% mobile penetration rate across 22 African markets, due to factors such as cost, curiosity by foreign investors in this market continues to grow at a stable pace. Fascinatingly Africa’s mobile revolution has been called a sensation that “changed African nations more meaningfully than any development since their independence from colonial powers.” Today, Africa is even more dependent on mobile technology than the West.

The liberalisation of this sector, the extension of services by multinational conglomerates and the active competition presently in place in the sector have all backed the telecom revolution. Since the courses of liberalisation and privatisation have been taken into consideration by African countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, their telecommunication infrastructures have improved considerably. Many African governments have industrialized their telecommunication infrastructure by privatising their former state-owned enterprises. The world is speedily moving toward an economic system based on the continuous and omnipresent accessibility of information. With billions of dollars of international investment flowing in, and subscriber numbers rising across the continent, Africa’s communications marketplace has now passed the tipping point from high potential to high growth. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has recently pronounced that it will invest $35 million in telecom operator, Africell, to support the expansion and upgrade of mobile networks in Gambia, the DRC, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Africell is a developing telecommunications operator, with a customer base in some of Africa's most challenging markets. Since its launch in 2001, Africell has become the leading mobile network provider in Gambia and in Sierra Leone, and is expanding rapidly in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Uganda. The new financing will enable Africell to expand its coverage and services. It’s Just the Beginning For many reasons, it’s clear that achievements to date are just the beginning - and that Africa’s future potential overshadows the growth seen so far.

The most influential of these reasons is that in communications platforms and technologies, the story of Africa is mobile. Fixed-line penetration in most markets across Africa tends to be very low - sub-10% in the majority of countries, and even sub- 1% in some markets - and relatively flat or declining. Fixed services are still deeply state dominated, with fixed-line customers in many countries relying on partially or wholly government-owned monopolies for their services. Furthermore, access to social networks has without doubt given youth a stage for self-expression and civic contribution in ways that are having real influence on elections, governance and accountability. Twitter, Facebook and crisis mapping technologies such as Ushahidi have assisted mobilize communities and recover government responsiveness to the dilemma of young people.

Mobile experiences are infact re-creating prevailing industries, helping the continent narrow the digital divide and helping its young people lead the charge in the implementation of mobile technology solutions globally. Read More...


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