Extraordinary Internet growth throughout Africa
Mature markets in Africa such as South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt, were experiencing the most growth. So what can we expect from Africa in the near future regarding Internet growth? Professionals and researchers say that Africa’s internet growth will reveal close to double-digits in the more mature markets over the next couple of years. This is said to be because of the new undersea cables and terrestrial fibre roll-out, as well as the satellite influx across Africa.
Looking into the future researchers say that, over the next two years initiatives that would connect West Africa will rise in numbers, increasing the international bandwidth by triple digits. This infrastructure boost will lead to an increase in consumer and enterprise demand for broadband.
Further, researchers predict that the improved connectivity in 2012 will boost the data business sector in Africa, creating jobs and faster return on investment. The prediction of further price drops during the year is another encouragement for the continent. Last year, the use of data services in South Africa grew by 28% and it is believed that in the next two to three years, it will grow by up to 60%.