Welcome to the Connected newsletter from WIOCC, breaking opinions on topical issues relating to international connectivity.
We ask our panel to look ahead and predict what Africa's ICT footprint will look like in another three years? What use will businesses and individuals be making of Africa's improved international and terrestrial connectivity and bandwidth? Where will the biggest transformations come and how?? Read more
What is the reality for organisations seeking to ride the wave of increasing prosperity in a continent powered by major improvements in high-capacity, international and terrestrial connectivity, and is there a good business case for telcos to be investing in the continent Q3/4 2012? Read more
Cloud computing is emerging as the enabling technology for modern enterprises. Africa has the benefit of low reliance on legacy systems, so can we expect cloud computing to develop more innovatively and on a faster scale there than in other markets? Read more
Fuelled by massive improvements in capacity, connectivity and reliability, Africa is in the midst of a staggering explosion in internet users - up from 4.5 million in 2000 to around 111 million users today. The increased affordability of mobile handsets, combined with a relative lack of legacy systems, has led to the African continent embracing mobile broadband and leading the world in mobile banking. Read more
The increasing availability of lower-cost, higher-speed connectivity with and within Africa is making it easier for telcos, ISPs and multi-national corporations to maximise communications network uptime by investing in additional network diversity. However, with the diversity strategy of some of these organisations slow to change,we posed the following question to our panel of experts: To what extent will investing now in newly-available options to increase network diversity - both terrestrially and internationally - prove to be a vital element in ensuring business success for telcos, ISPs and multi-national businesses operating in Africa? Read more
In this our inaugural edition, we have decided to pick up on one of the issues debated at the World Economic Forum in Davos - Africa's position at the world's business table. Read more
Africa Connected Newsletter
Africa Connected newsletter from WIOCC is designed to keep our customers and stakeholders updated with the latest developments at WIOCC and in the
African telecoms industry in general.
As the new year begins, Africa's total international internet bandwidth is expected to exceed 1Tbps imminently. The total design capacity of submarine cables serving sub-Saharan Africa at the end of the year will be around 24Tbps. This has been boosted by the launch of a number of new cables in the past year including LION2 and SEAS on the east coast, WACS and ACE on the west coast, and EIG. Read more
African telecommunications is changing faster and more dramatically than anywhere else in the world. In an industry as dynamic as ours, I believe it is vital that each of us find ways to connect more effectively, allowing us to keep up with the pace of change around us. Service providers throughout Africa share many concerns. At this moment, a key issue is how to create differentiation in progressively competitive markets. Read more