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Sub-Saharan Africa_ME_Report_English_2013

Sub-Saharan Africa_ME_Report_English_2013

About the GSMAThe GSMA

About the GSMAThe GSMA represents the interests of mobile operatorsworldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMAunites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, includinghandset and device makers, software companies, equipmentproviders and Internet companies, as well as organisations inindustry sectors such as financial services, healthcare,media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also producesindustry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress andMobile Asia Expo.For more information,please visit the GSMA corporate websiteat www.gsma.comFollow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMAThis report is authored by GSMA Intelligence.GSMA Intelligence is the definitive source of global mobileoperator data, analysis and forecasts; and a publisher ofauthoritative industry reports and research. Our data coversevery operator group, network and MVNO in every countryworldwide – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. It is the mostaccurate and complete set of industry metrics available,comprising tens of millions of individual data points, updateddaily. GSMA Intelligence is relied on by leading operators,vendors, regulators, financial institutions and third-partyindustry players, to support strategic decision-making andlong-term investment planning. The data is used as an industryreference point and is frequently cited by the media and bythe industry itself. Our team of analysts and experts produceregular thought-leading research reports across a range ofindustry topics.or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobilecommunications industry,at www.mobileworldlive.comFor more information,www.gsmaintelligence.comContactinfo@gsmaintelligence.comGSMA Mobile for Development brings together our mobileoperator members, the wider mobile industry and thedevelopment community to drive commercial mobile servicesfor underserved people in emerging markets. We identifyopportunities for social, economic and environmental impactand stimulate the development of scalable, life-enhancingmobile services.The economic analysis in section 2.2 was prepared by BCG and may be used for informational purposes only. The Boston ConsultingGroup (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. BCG partner with clientsfrom the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most criticalchallenges, and transform their enterprises. BCG’s customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies andmarkets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that BCG’s clients achieve sustainable competitiveadvantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 78 offices in 43countries.

Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2013CONTENTSExecutive Summary 41. MOBILE’S TRANSFORMING IMPACT ON SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA 101.1 Significant untapped potential Remains 141.2 A diverse region: with differing opportunities and challenges 161.3 Mobile broadband: on the cusp of the next wave of development 24in Sub-Saharan Africa1.3.1 Higher speed network Deployments 281.4 Realising the growth potential of mobile in SSA 301.4.1 Increasing affordability of mobile services 311.4.2 Increasing coverage in rural and remote areas 341.4.3 Realising the potential of mobile broadband 381.5 Role of 2G and feature phones key in SSA 391.6 Encouraging investment 401.6.1. Moving to sustainable market structures 412. Role of mobile in socio-economic development 442.1 Mobile services already address social challenges across SSA 442.2 Economic contribution of the mobile industry 462.2.1 Digital Dividend spectrum can drive substantial 51further economic benefits2.3 Mobile as an innovation enabler 542.4 Growth of new services and applications 562.4.1 M2M services 572.4.2 mHealth 582.4.3 mEducation 602.4.4 mAgriculture 612.4.5 Mobile Money 622.4.5.1 Better mobile money regulatory policies for greater financial inclusion 642.4.6 Driving growth of local content 652.5 Social Responsibility of Mobile 673. Supportive Regulatory Policies Spur Investment and Growth 723.1 Managing spectrum for the long-term future 733.1.1 Fairness and Predictability in Spectrum Licensing Regimes 733.1.2 Harmonised Spectrum for Mobile Broadband 743.1.3 Allocate the Digital Dividend Bands to Mobile 753.1.4 Coordinate and Accelerate the Digital Switchover 753.1.5 Harmonise Band Plans and Regulatory Conditions for 77700 MHz and 800 MHz Bands3.2 Reducing the taxation burden 793.2.1 Sector-specific taxes on mobile services is impeding 80mobile development3.2.1.1. Taxes and fees on operators 823.2.1.2. Universal Service Fund levy 833.2.1.3 Surcharges on international call termination 843.3 Reasonable Approach to Roaming Regulation 85

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