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Business News of Monday, 26 March 2012

Source: GNA

Africa’s internet and broadband grows due to infrastructure- Report


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Growth in Africa’s Internet and Broadband sector has accelerated in recent years, due to improvements in infrastructure, the arrival of wireless access technologies and lower tariffs, according to Internet World Stats report 2011.

Internet World Stats is an International website that features up to date world Internet Usage, Population Statistics, Travel Stats and Internet Market Research Data, for more than 233 individual countries and world regions.

It said Broadband was rapidly replacing dial-up networking as the preferred access method.

“This process is already virtually completed in Africa’s more developed markets.

The report provided 126 statistical tables showing trends and developments in the telecommunications markets of the 38 most significant African countries in terms of telecommunications.

The countries included Ghana, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea and Gabon among others.

While being the world’s most rapidly growing market for mobile telephony, Africa was also home to some of the fastest growing fixed-line markets in the world.

Africa still has some of the world’s lowest penetration rates in both market sectors.

However, as lower income groups are being targeted, a price-sensitive market for lower-cost fixed or limited-mobility services are emerging.**

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