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There is a perception that South Africa lag behind global peers in the adoption and exploitation of emerging technologies. There are elements of truth here, but it would be wrong to dismiss South African enterprises as many have embraced technology.


  • Most enterprises recognize that technology is one of the best ways to cushion the current economic malaise. At AfricaTech 2019 in Cape Town, Ovum had the chance to engage with enterprise IT buyers as well as conduct a pre-event survey.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the potential for emerging technology services in South Africa.
  • Compare the adoption plans of emerging technologies in South Africa vs the rest of the world.

Key questions answered

  • What are the drivers of growth in emerging technologies services in South Africa?
  • What will the main challenges for service providers who are looking to see emerging technologies in South Africa

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprise IT buyers
  • Recommendations for vendors, system integrators, and service providers

The top digital technologies in demand

  • Digital is mobile and cloud first in South Africa
  • Emerging digital technologies will move up the priority list

Matching business objectives with IT investments

  • Delivering business outcomes

Status of emerging technology services

  • Blockchain is more than cryptocurrency
  • Challenges of blockchain
  • Strong enthusiasm for 5G enterprise services
  • 5G will bring edge services to life
  • The future is immersive with augmented and virtual reality


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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