There is tremendous opportunity for Internet growth in Africa due to low broadband penetration, according to SEACOM.
Suveer Ramdhani, chief development officer at SEACOM, said when it comes to home broadband services on the continent and South Africa, we can expect several developments:
- Fixed broadband prices will continue to fall.
- Mobile networks will drop prices to keep your phone on their network.
- Online video consumption changes user behaviour, increasing the case for “uncapped”.
- You will spend more time online and on your mobile device, due to more choices available to you.
Regarding Internet access in general, Ramdhani said everyone is trying to make money off your time spent online.
Global sites now offer a lower latency experience due to launching caches in Africa, he said.
The future is also not all wireless. Fibre will be essential to support last-mile deployments and LTE towers, he said.