Status of Mobile Broadband Spectrum Allocation: Is Africa Ready for 5G?

Status of Mobile Broadband Spectrum Allocation: Is Africa Ready for 5G?

This IDC perspective presents a view of 4G mobile broadband spectrum allocations in Africa. It takes a deep dive into current broadband deployments in several countries, sheds light on potential 5G spectrum allocations and deployments, and concludes with recommendations for telcos, ISPs, and regulators."Large-scale commercial 5G deployments are expected in the more mature markets around the world. Unfortunately, Sub-Saharan Africa still lags in preparations to deploy 5G networks. Regulatory bottlenecks are the key inhibitor to spectrum allocations on the continent. However, this not a fresh challenge. Similar hurdles have inhibited the rapid deployment of previous technologies, including 3G and 4G. Service providers therefore need to be proactive in optimizing current spectrum resources to meet market demand and align themselves with vendors that can offer seamless upgrades to 5G infrastructure when spectrum allocations are decided." — Senior Research and Consulting Manager Sabelo Dlamini, IDC South Africa

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Executive Snapshot
New Market Developments and Dynamics
South Africa
Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zambia
Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Benin
Rwanda and Tanzania
Advice for the Service Provider
Investing in Network Optimization
Creating Experiences vs. Offering Higher Speeds
Stakeholder Management Vital
Investing in Local Content
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