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Monday, July 26, 2010

‘Africa broadband users to hit 92m’

Pyramid Research has projected that total broadband users in Africa will increase from 40 million in 2010 to 92 million in 2015 at a CAGR of 18 percent, driven by new undaersea cables and WIMAX connections.

Pyramid also said broadband penetration rate will also increase from 3.2 percent in 2010 to 6.8 percent in 2015, and revenue will increase at a CAGR of 16 percent in the same period to US$20 billion.

The research also quoted Kerem Arsal, Analyst at Pyramid Research, and author of this report as saying that during the forecast period, WiMax will take center stage in the coverage for the last-mile access and its access lines.

“We predict that WiMax will grow at a CAGR of 30 percent between 2010 and 2015; we also foresee similar trends in mobile broadband, particularly in the data cards/modems,” Arsal.said.

He also said many African telecom markets have the potential to improve their poor broadband penetration rates and limited revenues and transform their competitive structures.

“However, there is still much work to be done by the players across the telecom value chain if they wish to take full advantage

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