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African fixed internet connections still way behind

About 20 million households and businesses in Africa will have wired internet connections by 2022, compared with 11 million in 2016, predicts TMT market research firm Dataxis. “Nonetheless, although wired broadband is on the rise with the progressive introduction of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in most developed countries, Africa still lags behind the rest of the world. According to our analysis, only 1.9% of the population will have a wired internet connection in 2022 which is about ten times less than the world’s global penetration.” Among the 1.9%, ADSL’s share will slowly decrease while FTTH starts making its way into African homes. However, ADSL is still expected to remain the most used technology for wired internet access, with 81% of total wired connections in 2022, compared with 95% in 2016 in Africa.

“Our research also highlights the wide disparities which will persist between and even within African countries. Major cities in advanced countries are the priority in terms of infrastructure and network installation, while countryside and developing areas don’t constitute a promising market yet. Fixed wireless technologies such as fixed-LTE will continue to complement wireline both in urban and rural areas. Therefore, even though fibre initiatives seem to hatch in many countries, we forecast that they will not immediately convert into widespread high-speed internet access and that intermediate solutions will still be required in the upcoming years.” Read more

  • Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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