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Wireless in Africa: Insights into Mobile Markets
May/June 2005 (vol. 7 no. 3)
pp. 34-38
Cyrille Momo, Johns Hopkins University
Mobile telephony in Africa has exploded, growing 1,000 percent between 1998 and 2003. At the end of 2003, Africa had 51.8 million subscribers to mobile services, a number that far outstripped the 25.1 million fixed-line subscribers. This phenomenal growth offers insights into the differences in deploying new technologies in underdeveloped countries. In this case, the limited availability of fixed-line resources and the innovation of prepaying for services were primary drivers. The article also discusses why GSM-based technologies have gained the primary market share in Africa, and what equipment vendors and service operators are dominating the marketplace today.
Index Terms:
telecommunications, prepaid telephone service, Digital Access Index, telecommunications, wireless markets
Cyrille Momo, "Wireless in Africa: Insights into Mobile Markets," IT Professional, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 34-38, May-June 2005, doi:10.1109/MITP.2005.74
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