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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market: A guide to the business and investment opportunities in emerging Africa by David Mataen

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Chapter 10: Technological Networking

The penetration of mobile telephony in Africa

For many years it was the role of government-owned telecom incumbents to bring telecommunication services to the people. They failed spectacularly, creating an ever-expanding lacuna in African telecommunications. The hallmarks of the service were parlous networks, chronic call dropping, new connections backlogs (that ran back over three and a half years according to International Telecommunication Union – ITU), expensive calls, opaque billing, indifferent customer service and an absence of network extension plans. These challenges also provided the perfect backdrop for the entry of private sector mobile telephone operators.

As recently as 1995, as mobile ...

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