Fast growing sales of smartphones and tablets across
This has exposed infrastructure gaps and raised new investment challenges for operators. A proliferation of cheap but data-enabled handsets has stimulated demand for data driven products such as
"Much of the demand for smartphones and tablets is driven by young consumers. With average prices falling below the
Latest data compiled by Deloitte and Touche, shows total information technology expenditure in
Total spending in this sector is projected to grow by 10 per cent this year.
While sales of ordinary mobile phones averaged 90 per cent last year, total smartphone sales remained flat at nine per cent of overall mobile phone sales in the region between September and
However, the surge in demand for sophisticated data services has apparently not been matched by sufficient absorption capacity among some telecommunications firms, particularly in
Though researchers attribute investment gaps in the sector to comparatively lower revenue growth ratios, industry insiders have cited uneven user activity between geographical locations.
Deloitte's findings show Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) — a key measure of how much income telecommunications firms generate from individual subscribers, remains sharply lower than the sub Saharan Africa average ratio.
By end of 2012, the ARPU ratio in
"Telecommunications operators are steadily deploying LTE platforms to enable users access data services in remote areas through wireless links. Rising demand for sophisticated data powered tools has also compelled us to invest more in backbone links stretching for hundreds of miles," said Simon Kaggwa, IP backbone manager at Orange Uganda.
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