ICT Articles & Analysis

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Nigeria 2017

Despite facing many challenges in 2016, the Nigerian telecoms market continues to grow and offers significant potential for investment. With a population of 189m, this substantial consumer base offers a variety of opportunities for mobile operators, broadband companies and content providers. Furthermore, the government’s intention to use telecoms and ICT not only for economic development, but also for financial inclusion, bodes well for the industry. At the same time, the Nigerian telecoms sector is constrained by high costs, general economic uncertainty and an uneven competitive environment. However, the long-term outlook for the market is positive: the country has a young, rapidly expanding population, providing a substantial pool of consumers, and smartphone use and data consumption are expected to increase swiftly over the next five years and beyond. Investment in infrastructure will be key in the years ahead, as well as a more attractive environment for both foreign investors and local start-ups. Despite these challenges, the country has managed to produce some of the continent’s most successful ICT firms, and the sector is expected to emerge as a standout market in the coming years. This chapter contains an interview with Ayotunde Coker, CEO, Rack Centre.

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Chapter | ICT from The Report: Nigeria 2017

Despite facing many challenges in 2016, the Nigerian telecoms market continues to grow and offers significant potential for investment. With a population of 189m, this substantial consumer base offers a variety of opportunities for mobile operators, broadband companies and content providers. Furthermore, the government’s intention to use telecoms and ICT not only for economic development, but...

With Africa’s largest economy and its biggest population, Nigeria is the continent’s heavyweight. The country has been blessed with resource-rich lands, areas of great agricultural fertility and favourable demographics, but it has also had its fair share of challenges.

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Trinidad & Tobago 2017

The liberalisation of the Trinidad and Tobago telecoms industry, which has been under way since 2004 under the guidance of state regulator the Telecommunications Authority of T&T, has been one of the major successes of the non-oil economy of the last decade. The country now boasts a number of high-quality, fixed-line internet and cable TV providers, and two mobile operators, which have...

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Papua New Guinea 2017

Papua New Guinea’s ICT market is in the midst of a dynamic restructuring. Over the last decade the sector has experienced significant growth. However, despite advancements, pockets of isolated communities remain unconnected. As a result, the government has set out to expand the National Transmission Network, and along with the amalgamation of key state entities expected to encourage...

After a number of challenging years, PNG is starting to hit its equilibrium point again. It has largely passed through the period of difficult adjustments, and now some balance has returned. A number of long-planned projects are progressing and new areas of opportunity are being explored.

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Thailand 2017

Thailand is quickly going from being a secondary player in the world of technology to a regional, if not global, leader. The relevant sectors are rapidly beginning to take off with the introduction of 4G and the build-out of fixed-line assets. Greater bandwidth, higher speeds, lower latency and increased consumer demand have led to a burst of activity. The country is now arguably the centre of...