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Welcoming Shamira Ahmed – RIA’s New Principal Researcher, Economist

By |2020-02-07T07:35:16+02:00Feb 7th, 2020|Categories: Blog, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Welcoming Shamira Ahmed – RIA's New Principal Researcher, Economist We’re excited to announce that Shamira Ahmed is joining Research ICT Africa as Principal Researcher, Economist. Shamira will work closely with RIA’s pricing team to undertake supply-side analysis of policy outcomes, specifically market, competition, financial and pricing analysis. She will be responsible for all [...]

Uzi’s failed attempt to enter Zambian market leads to more than 70% fall in data prices

By |2019-11-11T17:38:01+02:00Oct 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Home, Pricing, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|Tags: , , , |

Uzi’s failed attempt to enter Zambian market leads to more than 70% fall in data prices Policy Brief 2 (2019) By Onkokame Mothobi This policy brief assesses the evolution of the mobile broadband market in Zambia. The brief specifically investigate the effect of the scheduled entry of the fourth player on mobile data prices [...]

Vacancy-Research Manager

By |2018-07-02T15:50:20+02:00Mar 27th, 2018|Categories: Home, ICT Access and Use Surveys, Measuring Broadband Performance in Africa, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Research ICT Africa conducts research on digital policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for sustainable development in Africa and in the Global South and we are looking for a Research Manager to join our team! Key responsibilities of the job include: Research management and leadership (50%) [...]

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

By |2017-09-12T21:04:46+02:00Sep 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 |2017-09-06T19:04:02+02:00Aug 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 |2017-09-06T18:21:39+02:00Feb 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 |2017-09-06T18:17:35+02:00Oct 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 |2017-09-06T18:23:24+02:00Sep 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 |2017-09-06T18:26:04+02:00Jul 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 [...]