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Introduction

These are early days, but there are clear signs that enterprises in Africa are getting a liftoff using LTE network technology. Applications requiring higher throughput speeds and low latency are becoming more practical. The platform will also assist other applications that currently work at a reasonable standard, improving their performance, responsiveness, relevance, and usefulness.

Highlights

  • LTE services offer the enterprise a wide range of benefits. The high-speed, low-latency connectivity of LTE will allow enterprises in emerging markets to access a range of new applications, such as cloud and videoconferencing.
  • Mobility is the important pillar of enterprise applications on LTE. The ubiquity of mobile services in emerging markets and the fact that enterprises have embraced various facets of enterprise mobility suggests that the mobile factor of LTE will be crucial in winning customers and ultimately serving as a viable platform for new applications.
  • Spectrum fragmentation and allocation will inhibit enterprise application uptake. The ability to offer wide coverage together with true high-speed mobile data services will be the main driver for the uptake of enterprise LTE applications and will depend on a more coordinated spectrum allocation program.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the expected benefits that LTE networks will bring to the enterprise segment across Africa.
  • Examines the range of enterprise applications that will be unlocked as LTE networks increase their coverage of Africa.

Key questions answered

  • What drivers will give impetus to the uptake of LTE services by the enterprise segment across Africa?
  • What are the inhibitors of LTE growth among African enterprises?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Market status

  • Fixed-line replacement and nomadic broadband
  • Regional LTE opens path to new services
  • Enterprise LTE expectations
  • Vertical-sector LTE applications
  • Spectrum allocation – a growth inhibitor

Market outlook

  • LTE is making a range of enterprise applications viable
  • Unlicensed LTE and the enterprise opportunity

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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