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.
Video-on-demand is the technology that has started to disrupt our entertainment world. Instead of watching programming on TV, based upon what some network executive has determined people want to watch (at a time preordained by the network), you can use your fast broadband connection to stream what you want, when you want, to any number of devices — iPads, PCs, Smart TVs — anything with an internet connection. No decoder, no dish.