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Africa Rural Communication: Capturing the Growth Opportunity

Africa Rural Communication: Capturing the Growth Opportunity

This IDC Insight assesses the current business environment and operating models for rural telecommunications in Africa. It also recommends a number of strategies that service providers across the region need to adopt in order to capture and maximize the opportunity presented by rural communications in their respective countries.

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IDC Opinion
In This Insight
Situation Overview
Strategies for Tapping into Rural Communications Markets
Regulatory Support Using Universal Access Funds
Operator-Driven Infrastructure Rollouts
Private/Public Partnerships
Service-Driven Approach
Vendor-Driven Approach
Challenges and Inhibitors
Unreliable Power and Electricity Grids
Immature Distribution Networks
Low Income Levels
Limited Economies of Scale
Lack of Regulatory Support
Cost of Mobile Devices
Lack of Spectrum
Poor Understanding of Unique Rural Dynamics
Network Technology
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
Pay Attention to Rural Dynamics and Local Context
Tailor the Distribution Network to Rural Dynamics
Invest in Market Development
Create an Affordable Device Strategy
Adapt Products and Services
Leverage Network-Sharing Partnerships
Promote Public/Private Partnerships
Provide Tax Breaks for Telcos with Rural Operations
Enable Favorable Spectrum Pricing

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