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TECH SUPPLIER Jan 2019 - Market Note - Doc # CEMA44618018

The Road To 5G Adoption in Africa

By: Arnold Ponela, Mark WalkerAssociate Vice President, South Africa, IDC


This IDC Market Note examines the prospects of 5G connectivity adoption in Africa. The high price of data, the continuing widespread use of feature phones, and low customer awareness of the benefits of 5G connectivity are expected to limit adoption of the technology in Africa in the medium term.

"Despite the hype around 5G technologies in African markets, there is little to suggest that most countries are prepared for the immediate adoption of such technologies. The dominance of feature phones, limited uptake of data-intensive applications, and low awareness of the potential benefits of 5G connectivity will likely inhibit adoption." — Research Analyst Arnold Ponela, IDC Africa



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