NEW YORK April 25, 2012
Although the greatest demand is in the major cities, cellular solutions are also being employed to increase accessibility in rural and other disadvantaged areas. In addition to mobile networks, Wireless Local Loop (WLL) systems have been introduced in a large number of countries for the provision of fixed-wireless services, with CDMA-2000 1x having evolved as a preferred technology. Additional choices are available through satellite-based mobile services such as Globalstar, ICO, Iridium and Thuraya.
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MTN’s archrival in its South African home market, Vodacom’s expansion across the continent has been limited to a total of only five countries due to restrictions from the partnership agreement with its majority shareholder, Vodafone which itself operates in three countries.
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Further consolidation is expected as smaller players are finding it increasingly difficult to compete. But even the bigger pan-African operators have become potential takeover targets for even bigger global players.
Unsustainable price wars are raging in some countries;
Mobile ARPU has bottomed in some markets but is still falling rapidly in others;
Some mobile operators are rolling out national fibre optic backbone networks and are entering new service sectors under converged licensing regimes;
Subscriber statistics and estimates for 2012 for each country;
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are expected to intensify in an increasingly crowded market.
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(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
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