The weight of governments in the African terrestrial fibre business is increasing. African government have committed around $1.7bn to building fibre backbone networks since 2010, according to data from our new terrestrial fibre report. In many markets, the government is the largest holder of terrestrial fibre capacity, a trend that carries significant implications as Africa seeks to enter the 4G and 5G eras. Is this a sustainable solution to reducing Africa’s growing urban/rural broadband divide? It’s complicated.
One of the most remarkable features of the changing face of the African international fibre capacity market has been the rise of “disruptors” – carriers whose investments and strategies have the potential of upending African international bandwidth economics. Few have been as prominent as Angola Cables, Angola’s international wholesale carrier.