Recent Webinar Reports – see more

ARTICLE

Transforming Telecoms in Sub-Saharan Africa- The Past, Present and Future by Andrew Barendse

03.12.2019
Share this

Transforming Telecoms in sub-Saharan Africa- The Past, Present and Future

By Andrew Barendse

Despite inauspicious beginnings, the sub-Saharan African (SSA) region would eventually become one of the fastest growing regions for mobile connections. It is hard to imagine now, but by the turn of the 21st Century the region was considered one of the least connected regions in the world. Fixed telephones were sparse, technology was outdated, connections were slow, and waiting lists were long. Moreover, fixed network operators were slow to respond to the pent-up demand. The above-mentioned quote by Thabo Mbeki, captured the dire state of affairs. The original quote, and numerous subsequent iterations of it, sought to highlight the state of telecoms on the continent and served as an important call to action.

Download

Transforming Telecoms in Sub-Saharan Africa- The Past, Present and Future

Series:
IIC 50th Anniversary Book
Andrew Barendse (Dr) Andrew Barendse (Dr) Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA; Director, International Institute of Communications
You may also like... Article
WINNING ENTRY – SOFIA MANCILLA 27.10.2020
Article
ABUBAKAR SADIQ 27.10.2020
Article
CLAIRE BARRACLOUGH 27.10.2020

Latest

News
Chris Chapman, the President of the IIC, responds to article in Sydney Morning Herald 11.01.2021
News
Indian spectrum auction set for 1st March 08.01.2021
News
US decides against retaliation over digital taxes – for now 08.01.2021
Podcast
In Conversation: Sofia Mancilla, Sección Legal, Mexico and Emanuele Vadilonga, BT Global Services 04.01.2021
View All
Back to the top

The IIC is the world's only policy debating platform for the converged communications industry

We give innovators and regulators a forum in which to explore, debate and agree the best policies and regulatory frameworks for widest societal benefit.

Insight: Exchange: Influence

We give members a voice through conferences, symposiums and private meetings, as well as broad exposure of their differing viewpoints through articles, reports and interviews.

The new website will make it easier for you to gather fresh insights, exchange views with others and have a voice in the debate

Take a look Learn more about our updates
Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The International Institute of Communications website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.