Businesses across Africa are expecting a revolution in internet access, technology and costs as a result of the rush of new undersea cables connecting the continent.
More than 90 percent of business decision-makers across Africa expect prices to drop and competition to increase dramatically, according to the Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010 report, released today by World Wide Worx and Database 360.
The survey, conducted among 1100 internet-using small, medium and large businesses across 20 African countries, also revealed that most African countries remain heavily reliant on slow or expensive forms of connectivity, such as dial-up and satellite. However, they are beginning the move to broadband.
“Our interviewers encountered tremendous enthusiasm for the internet in all countries we surveyed,” says Louise Robinson, Managing Director of Database 360. “There is little doubt that, in this new connectivity era, the very nature of most businesses is changing.”