News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1077 on 10 June 2022

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Top 10 nightmare wholesale bandwidth markets in Sub-Saharan Africa – High prices, protective monopolies and the loss of business potential

10 June 2022

As the continent’s bandwidth requirements continue to ramp up, enormous progress has been made in terms of national, regional and international fibre networks. Prices continue to come down as volumes increase substantially. This progress masks the loss of business potential on the continent caused by key countries that are defending continuing wholesale monopolies for their incumbents, causing high prices. Russell Southwood looks at the top ten countries where a lack of wholesale competition is undercutting new demand. At the top of the list of nightmare wholesale bandwidth markets is Cameroon. A 2019 World Bank report observed that “Cameroon’s international connectivity…