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Addressing Africa’s Last Mile Challenge

  • ID: 3639440
  • Report
  • March 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 68 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
LTE or Fibre - What Technology will Drive the Last Mile?


  • Safaricom
  • Surfline Communications
  • Telkom
This market insight provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges that Africa is facing in terms of the delivery of communication services to the last mile. It focuses on the main market features and challenges that create bottlenecks in the telecom network.

Included is a discussion of the key market trends that drive the demand for broadband access and how service providers are responding to industry challenges to meet this demand. The study also highlights the emerging technologies expected to lead fixed line and mobile broadband services in Africa.

Key Findings:
- Despite the increase in bandwidth following the landing of undersea cables, African countries still struggle to provide broadband access to the wider population.
- The key challenge for operators and, given their vested interest, governments, is the high cost of extending the reach of fibre in the last mile.
- A particular challenge is the cost of connecting rural populations, which still constitute the major share of the populace in most African countries.
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  • Safaricom
  • Surfline Communications
  • Telkom
1. Executive Summary
  • Key Findings
2. Market Definitions and Scope
  • Market Definitions-Terms
  • Market Definitions-Abbreviations
  • Market Definitions-Research Scope
3. Market Overview
  • Africa’s Last Mile Challenge
  • Market Overview-Service Provider Positioning
  • Stakeholder Overview
  • Global Connectivity Overview
  • Last Mile Technology Landscape
  • Technology Trends
4. Connectivity Market Trends
  • Broadband Stakeholders
  • Key Broadband Market Trends
  • eServices Connectivity Trends
  • Connectivity Trends in Connected Industries
  • Connectivity Trends in Enterprise Services
  • Connectivity Trends in Consumer Services
5. Fibre in the Last Mile
  • International Capacity Overview
  • Fixed Line Infrastructure
  • Copper-based Internet Connectivity
  • Fibre Last Mile Deployments
  • Terrestrial Fibre Strategies in Africa
  • Fibre Last Mile Strategies
6. Wireless Last Mile
  • Mobile Data Market Trends
  • Mobile Connectivity Landscape
  • Mobile Connectivity Challenges
  • Economic Outlook
  • Powering Telecom Infrastructure
  • Electricity Access
  • Telecom Power Outlook
7. Solutions to the Last Mile Challenge
  • Solutions to the Last Mile Challenge
  • Infrastructure Sharing Operator Models
  • Mobile Connectivity Landscape
  • Last Mile Penetration
8. Last Mile Strategies
  • Australia Case Study
  • Operator Profile-Safaricom
  • Operator Profile-Telkom
  • Operator Profile-Surfline Communications
9. The Last Word
  • The Last Word-Conclusions
  • Legal Disclaimer
10. Appendix
  • Breakdown of Submarine Cables in Africa
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- Safaricom
- Surfline Communications
- Telkom
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