Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Ultra-Broadband

Africa’s FTTH Boom is Here: Report

Article Image
Mobile might be the dominant access technology across Africa but it's not the only one, as indicated by Ovum's recent forecasts for mobile broadband, pay-TV and FTTX connections from 2016-2021. (See Africa's Comms Market: Where's the Growth?)

According to Xalam Analytics, Light Reading's research partner for Africa and the Middle East, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks are now starting to play an increasingly bigger role in Africa's broadband retail market. (See Light Reading Launches Africa/Middle East Research Service.)

In fact, the research company confidently claims that Africa's FTTH boom is already here.

"Between 2014 and 2016, the number of homes and premises passed by fiber has more than tripled. The cumulative number of African homes/premises passed by fiber crossed the 1 million mark in 2016. We expect it to hit the 2 million mark in 2017," according to the Xalam team, which is headed by managing director Guy Zibi. (See Africa Racing Towards Gigabit Connectivity .)

Around 75% of Africa's FTTH connection growth since 2010 has occurred during the past two years, it added.

Five markets account for 85% of Africa's FTTH/P homes passed: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco and Mauritius. "But this boom is about more than the top five," notes Zibi.

In the report, The African FTTH Boom - Last Mile Fibre Dynamics, Economics and Outlook in African Markets, Xalam also commented that it finds the notion of an almost mobile-only African connectivity marketplace to be "largely fallacious."

"The rise of FTTH is built on a realization that 3G/4G, ADSL and other technologies just aren't going to cut it for some use cases," the report said.

Challenges certainly lie ahead, with regulation at the top of the list. "For the most part, African market structures are not optimized for FTTH rollouts. That African FTTH is picking up as much as it has been is really more a testimony to the bottled-up potential of demand for ultra high-speed connectivity," Xalam concluded.

— Anne Morris, Associate Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Smart Ikigega

This month's hot startup, Smart Ikigega, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Rwanda by helping farmers access finance and harvest insurance.

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Innovation hub

Sponsored video

More videos

Flash poll

All polls

Latest video

More videos

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

Story

Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

Story

Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

More Guest Perspectives

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up