How can we spread technology throughout the continent? by François Barrault (New York Forum Africa 2012)
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How can we spread technology throughout the continent? by François Barrault (New York Forum Africa 2012) How can we spread technology throughout the continent? by François Barrault (New York Forum Africa 2012) Presentation Transcript

  • TECHNOLOGY How can we spread technology throughout the continent?François BARRAULTChairman, IDATE Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Telecoms in Africa: how does it fit into the global market?• What percentage of the sector’s global revenue keeping in mind that the entire African economy represents 3% of global GDP? > Close to 4% Africa’s telecom markets generated €43 billion in 2011• What fixed line teledensity ? (Note: 34 lines per 100 inhabitants on average in Europe) > 3.6 lines per 100 inhabitants Africa is home to 3.2% of the world’s active fixed lines• What broadband density (Note: 23 connections per 100 inhabitants on average in Europe)? > 0.8 connections per 100 inhabitants Africa has 1.3% of the world’s broadband connections• What mobile density? > Around 60% (60 SIM cards per 100 inhabitants) and over 100% in 13 countries Africa is home to 10% of the global cellular base2 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Telecoms in Africa: how fast is the market growing?• Revenue increased by nearly 5 times over the past 10 years…• vs. 58% growth for the global market! Annual growth of telecom service markets 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% Africa 20% World 15% 10% 5% 0% 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Source: IDATE3 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Telecoms in Africa: market breakdown• Mobile services account for 82% of Africa’s telecom market revenue…• … vs. 52%-53% in Europe and North America Breakdown of telecom service revenues in Africa USA AFRICA fixed telephony mobile services EU-27 corporate data & internet access Total revenue in 2011: €43 billion Source: IDATE4 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Telecoms in Africa: how many telcos?• More than 170 mobile network operators, or an average 3.5 per country, serving a population one billion people and operating more than 600 million SIM cards. To compare: − 4 operators control close to 90% of the market in the US − 15 mobile operators in India for 1.2 billion people − 3 mobile operators in China for 1.3 billion people• 5 or more operators in 10 countries in Africa: − 6 in Uganda and Burundi − 7 in Somalia − and… 9 in Nigeria5 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Looking beyond the mobile explosion…• To what extent are mobiles now acting as levers for innovation in certain sectors such as: ˗ Banking? (15 million people use the M-Pesa mobile payment system in Kenya) ˗ Healthcare? ˗ Education? ˗ Agriculture?• Is there another technology success story in Africa? (today or potential)6 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • What is standing in the way of technical innovation?• Of creating a system of trust (competition policies, network security, respecting copyright, freedom of the internet and the media)?• Overcoming the lack of qualified workers/managers and schools of engineering?• Hampering investment in high-speed infrastructure (3G/4G, FTTx)?• and the lack of venture capital?• …7 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Can Europe offer any lessons?• In learning to work together beyond our borders? (fostering debates like this NY Forum…) - on a continental… - or possibly regional/sub-continental scale? • In bringing Africa more fully into standardisation and regulatory bodies?• In a new view of North-South cooperation?8 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • About IDATEFounded in 1977, IDATE has gained a reputation as a leader in tracking telecom,Internet and media markets, thanks to the skills of our teams of specializedanalysts.Now, with the support of close to 40 member companies – which include many of thedigital economy’s most influential players – the newly rebranded DigiWorld Institute hasentered into a new stage of its development, structured around three main areas ofactivity:• Time-tested analysis and consultancy Our expertise and client list > Consulting• An independent observatory Our catalogue of reports > Research• A European forum open on the world Our annual programme > DigiWorld Institute9 Copyright © IDATE 2012
  • Thank you! Copyright © IDATE 2012