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What 5G means for Africa

In the November issue of African Business “Going viral inside Africa’s telecoms revolution” Kenechi Okeleke, Director of Social and Regional research at GSMA Intelligence, outlines the impact of 5G on the African continent.

The 5G era in Africa formally began in 2020, following the temporary assignment of spectrum by the South African government, triggering the launch of commercial 5G mobile and fixed wireless access (FWA) services by two of the continent’s biggest mobile service providers; Vodacom and MTN.

Despite high expectations for the benefits that 5G will bring to the continent, key challenges remain to be tackled to unlock the power of 5G connectivity, such as allocating more spectrum at affordable prices.

Access GSMA Intelligence’s Opinion Piece on Page 18.

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“IoT gets real for enterprises”

In this article by IoT Times, Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Analyst for IoT and Enterprise, shares insights from our latest survey to almost 2,900 enterprises on the impact of COVID-19 on their IoT deployments and adoption journeys. Our findings indicate that, whilst 20-percent fewer companies are planning to deploy IoT within a year, compared to 2019, … Continue reading ““IoT gets real for enterprises””

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“Connectivity drives convenience as Brits turn to their smartphones for retail therapy”

In this byline article for Talk CMO, Jason Reed, Lead Analyst for Digital Consumer, explores how convenience and COVID-19 are accelerating the shift from brick-and-mortar to online mobile shopping, with evidence from our latest Consumer in Focus survey. With 34% of surveyed smartphone owners shopping at least once a  week on their phone – 48% … Continue reading ““Connectivity drives convenience as Brits turn to their smartphones for retail therapy””

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“Energy will take bigger share of 5G operators’ costs”

In this article by Capacity Media, Tim Hatt, Head of Research at GSMA Intelligence, outlines how the move to 5G networks will imply a bigger budget spend allocated to energy without intervention. Tim also evaluates the (impressive) carbon reduction progress from Vodafone, Telefónica and Verizon before addressing the bottlenecks remaining for the broader sector. Read … Continue reading ““Energy will take bigger share of 5G operators’ costs””

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