TECH SUPPLIER Mar 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # META44726819

How 5G Is Expected to Transform Africa

By: Oluwole BabatopeSenior Research Analyst, Telecoms & Networking, Africa, Sabelo DlaminiSenior Research and Consulting Manager

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This IDC Market Perspective presents a view of how 5G is expected to transform Africa. It focuses on the current market dynamics and how they might drive or inhibit 5G investments. It concludes with recommendations for broadband service providers on ways to approach the technology.

"The value proposition of 5G must go beyond ultra-high-speed internet service. Service providers will be required to collaborate with vertical-specific IoT ecosystem players to deliver use cases that cannot be delivered effectively on a 4G network. Sub-Saharan Africa is three to five years away from large-scale commercial 5G deployments, especially considering the current low penetration of 4G in the region" — Sabelo Dlamini, Senior Research and Consulting Manager, IDC South Africa


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