SA’s telecommunications sector is regarded as one of the most advanced in Africa, with high mobile penetration, growing internet penetration and significant growth in connectivity infrastructure in the past decade. However, the sector faces numerous challenges, including the high cost of data, as evidenced by the #DataMustFall movement.
Telecommunications is one of the most highly competitive industries in Africa, and service providers from across the continent are in stiff competition for market share in this mobile-first audience. Given the prevalence of mobile on the continent, the degree of innovation and development within the mobile space is not surprising.
5G Empowering Vertical Industries predicts that the Media, Entertainment, Health, Manufacturing, Automotive and Energy sectors will be transformed immensely in the roll-out of 5G networks globally by 2020.