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Onkokame Mothobi participating in ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI)

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: Home, ICT Access and Use Surveys, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

The 8th Meeting of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12-13 September 2017. The meeting will be organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by ITU. The EGTI meeting will be held back-to-back with the 5th Meeting of [...]

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania Tanzania is ranked fourth among 49 African countries when comparing the cheapest 1GB of prepaid mobile data, yet the Internet penetration rate remains low at 30%. A nationally representative ICT Survey recently completed by Research ICT Africa (RIA) finds 43% of Tanzanian population does not own [...]

Botswana telecommunications limp a decade after policy changes

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Botswana telecommunications limp a decade after policy changes Even though the market continues to develop innovative broadband, competition in the market has remained dull. Competitors do not aggressively seek to increase their market shares and revenue, hence, first-mover Mascom, continues to dominate the market. Between 2014 and 2016, Mascom owned close to 55% of the market, while Orange [...]

Much ado about nothing? Zero rating in the African context

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Much ado about nothing? Zero rating in the African context A fresh, public-interested assessment of the zero-rating of certain applications (apps) and platforms in the African mobile prepaid environment is overdue. This policy paper examines the issue of zero-rating within the contexts of the range of discounted and dynamically-priced African mobile network operator (MNO) products, [...]

State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 2016

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 2016 While the effective prices of data in South Africa may be well below the advertised price of the 1GB measure used internationally, users, especially those in lower income category, are spending significant portions of their income, around 20%, on relatively small [...]

South Africa: Top operators for personalised products

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

South Africa: Top operators for personalised products Although some operators called for regulation of OTTs in the South African mobile market at Parliamentary hearings held earlier this year, their innovative new pricing strategies suggest responsiveness to this fast-changing environment. South African operators, in line with operators in other markets, have responded to these disruptions by introducing new products such as [...]

Rise of the living dead-SA’s mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Rise of the living dead-SA's mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer The mobile telecommunications landscape in South Africa is possibly one of the most dynamic in Africa. The financial year 2015/16 has seen a multitude of strategic responses from operators to factors changing demand. In response to the latest financial statements released by SA’s listed mobile operators, this [...]

Bundled Value Index Methodology

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Bundled Value Index Methodology Bundled Value Index Methodology:RIA created the BVI as a means to capture the value of combined data, sms and voice packages on offer. Given the complexity as well as increased number of products on the markets, only bundles offering data combined with voice and SMS or, data and voice, or data and [...]

Rise of the underdogs – South Africa’s smaller operators increase contract values

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Rise of the underdogs - South Africa's smaller operators increase contract values A year on from the mid-contract price increases by Vodacom, MTN and Cell C that disgruntled many consumers, we reflect on the post-paid market in South Africa to see what has transpired. In Q1 2016, the value offered by South Africa’s smaller operators [...]