This IDC Presentation provides an overview of the ICT trends expected in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. Presentations on this topic were delivered during vendor roundtables held on December 1, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa; on December 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria; and on January 21, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The predictions and trends highlighted in this presentation were determined by senior analysts across the African continent, and are based on research that the analysts continually carry out with technology buyers, vendors, and government authorities. The trends outlined herein focus on the year 2016, but may have a longer-term impact.
"The 3rd Platform technologies of cloud, social, Big Data analytics, and mobility form the basis for digital innovation and transformation. While digital transformation is a significant theme worldwide, its implementation in Africa requires specific and localized execution. In a 'mobile first' continent such as Africa, innovation accelerators have a very high chance of success — when in the right environment. IDC's trends for 2016 reflect the positive impact that increased connectivity and a myriad of applied technological advances have on African innovators." — Associate Vice President Mark Walker, IDC Sub-Saharan Africa.