TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) investments in Africa (July 2015)

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Publication date: 1 July 2015
Number of pages: 179 + 15 excel sheets

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A separate excel document lists 15 tables including company contact details when available, as follows:


There can be no doubt that TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sectors have had a profound impact on the socio-economic development of Africa over the last decade. TMT in Africa has outperformed leading global indices by a substantial amount over the past 5 years. As capital investment in Africa increases and the level of return continues to be relatively high, interest in the region is growing among the global investment community. The massive demand for new telecoms infrastructure and services across Africa presents a plethora of investment opportunities.

Key question are: Where are the latest opportunities and priorities for new investments and partnerships within African TMT sectors? Where is it worth investing? What are the key drivers in each sub-segment? Who are the investors? Where are the pitfalls and challenges by TMT segments?

The African continent is going through several new changes: demographic and urbanisation growth, technological innovations, electrification and environment challenges. Economic results generated by those changes are difficult to assess since some experts have confirmed that 80% of the African economy is informal.

Microfinance using ICT tools, mobile money, alternative ICT energy, data centres, apps, e-health, e-gov., DTT, payTV, video production, gaming, etc.: This report identifies 65 TMT sub-segments worth investing in and over 250 investment organisations to support TMT projects in Africa.



The objectives of the report are:

· To present the overview of the ecosystem, trends and drivers around investments related to TMT sectors in Africa; 

· To illustrate and qualify the investments patterns and processes related to TMT sectors in Africa;

· To quantify TMT investments; sizes of TMT segments; funds' values; examples of deal flows (towercos, telecoms M&As, etc.)

· To investigate if there is a dichotomy between the need for TMT investments in Africa and investors’ objectives;

· To highlight current investment priorities and opportunities in TMT sectors'sub-segments in Africa;

· To list key investment companies and other funding organisations focusing on TMT sectors in Africa; 

· How can national policies stimulate growth in TMT sectors? 

. To point out pitfalls and challenges typically encountered in investments by TMT segments in Africa


5 analysts and writers produced this report between 2014 and the end of March 2015.

Main author: Sylvain Béletre

Contributors: Russell Southwood| 3 writers/journalists

Who should read this report?

CEOs, CFOs, Heads of Strategy and M&A from telecoms companies, startups, infrastructure owners and equipment providers, regulators and advisers from government departments, telecoms, media and technology sector heads from investment banks, investors, financiers and advisers and other decision makers in the African TMT sectors.

Why should you read this report?

The report will save months of research time and cut costs and is essential reading for anyone involved, or planning to engage in the African TMT sectors. Investors, governments, startups, consultants, analysts, media groups, telcos or executives trying to identify who/where the existing and upcoming TMT investments opportunities are in Africa will find key answers in this piece of research. The report is part of standard market intelligence for investors, telecoms, technology and media professionals active in African regions.

Table of Contents 

Executive summary



Research scope, methodology and objectives

1. Definitions
1.1 TMT market sectors
1.2 Investors, investment types and processes
1.3 Investors’ strategies
1.4 Assessing opportunities 
1.5 Financing opportunities 

2. Key drivers and opportunities by segment
2.1 The market 
2.1.1 Consumers in Africa 
2.1.2 African diasporas 
2.1.3 Other communities keen on African TMT services 
2.2  Opportunities in TMT sectors
2.2.1 Opportunities in Technology (non-telco)
2.2.2 Opportunities in Media
2.2.3 Opportunities in Telecoms

3. Challenges in TMT sectors
3.1 Challenges in Technology (non-telco) 
3.2 Challenges in Media
3.3 Challenges in Telecoms 

4. Key investors in TMT sectors in Africa


About the authors
Balancing Act

List of Tables, Charts and Maps

Chart - Investments : Share of SSA in FDI projects, intra-African investments, industries 
Table - Industry sectors intentionally supported by incubation programs
Table - Investors' behaviours
Table – Selected Telecoms M&A deals in Africa
Chart - Number of SSA M&A deals and deal value. 1995 to 2014.
Chart - African towerco footprints, 2014.
Table - Africa's biggest tower sharing deals to date. 2010 to 2014.
Table - kpi in Africa
Table - 6 African consumers' drivers to Media and IT services usage
Infographic - % of Female African entrepreneurship in selected countries.
Table - The 15 largest African diaspora populations by country
Table - African diaspora, estimated population by continent or region 
Table - key market strengths and opportunities in Africa impacting on TMT sectors
Chart - The Millenium development goals for 2015
Infographic - Microsoft activities in Africa (BizSpark, DreamSpark). 2013.
Table - Africa: Technology segments with investment opportunities
Graph - Engineer costs in selected African countries.
Table - Africa, selected content and app launches, 2H 2014.
Table - Africa, selected e-finance platforms, 2015.
Table - E-commerce platforms in Africa by country, 2015.
Graph - Number of gamers globally, and learning technics. 
Graph - School needs (internet, ICT hardware, electricity).
Graph - eLearning Africa 2015
Graph - Benefits to ICT in farming
Infographic - Africa's applied tech innovations in farming and fisheries
Infographic - big data applications
Chart - Smartphone vs. total connections in Africa - 2012 to 2018
Table - List of companies that assemble or distribute phones, smartphones and tablets 'made in Africa'. 2015. 
Chart - Key mobile phone brands' penetration - 2010 to 2013
Table - Mobile phone ownership in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2008 and 2013.
Table - Mobile phone ownership in Sub-Saharan Africa by household wealth, 2013.
Chart - PC and tablets sales by device segment, 2010-2015.
Table - Africa: Media segments with investment opportunities
Infographic - the 6 most-widely-spoken languages in Africa
Infographic - Number of cinema screen/people in Africa vs. in India and in the USA. 2013.
Table - Social media and messaging platforms used in Africa, 2015.
Infographic - African Facebook users in 2013.
Map - Penetration for Fixed and Mobile communication in Africa by region, 2013.
Chart - Mobile vs. mobile broadband communication subscriptions.
Chart - Africa: Mobile revenue forecasts, 2013 to 2019 (USD).
Chart - Africa, mobile subscriptions and penetration forecasts, 2014-19 
Table - Africa: Telecoms segments with investment opportunities
Table - Towercos types and positions in Africa
Chart - total African mobile connections and penetration rates. 2000 to 2015.
Chart - ARPU per month in USD, 2013.
Maps - African undersea cable networks, to 2016.
Table - MTN data revenue as share of total revenue, 1H 2013 and 1H 2014
Table - Africa: key market weaknesses and threats impacting on TMT sectors
Chart - total African mobile connections and penetration rates.
Graph - DTT in Kenya: decoder awareness and digital TV access
Graph - DTT in Kenya: reasons for not switching to digital TV

Sample - organisations mentioned in this report:
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
The South African Investment Network
Xona partners
Anthemis Group
AVCA - African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Amalgamated Banks of South Africa - ABSA Bank (Barclays)
AfrAsia Bank (AfrAsia Capital Management Limited, AfrAsia Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd. Corporate and Investment Banking)
Africa Finance Corporation - AFC-
African Capital Investments / Africa Capital Group LLC
Afriland First Bank
Al Rajhi Bank
Arab National Bank
Asian Development Bank
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB - China-led)
Atlantic Financial Group / Group Banque Atlantique
Attijariwafa Bank
Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco)
Banque Saudi Fransi
The Barclays Africa Group Limited
Barclays Capital
BNP Paribas -  L'Atelier BNP Paribas 
Centum Investment Company Limited
Crédit Agricole
DBS Bank
Deutsche Bank
Ecobank / Ecobank Transnational Inc. (ETI)/ecobank development corporation (EDC)
Exim Bank of China 
FBN Capital Limited / FBN Capital Investment Banking
Fidelity bank
Futuregrowth Asset Management
GEF-Global Environment Fund
Goldman Sachs

Tags: TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sectors in Africa, investors, startup, incubators, banks; Investisseur dans les secteur tmt (Technologies, Medias et Telecommunications) rapport afrique.  (تكنولوجيز، وسائل الإعلام وآخرون الاتصالات) علاقة - Investor im TMT-Sektor (Technologie, Medien und Telekommunikation) afrika Bericht. TMTセクターの投資家(テクノロジー·メディア·通信)アフリカレポート。TMT 분야 (기술, 미디어 및 통신) 아프리카 보고서에서 투자. 投资者在TMT行业(科技,媒体和电信),非洲的报告。Investeerder in TMT-sector (Technologie, Media en Telecommunicatie) afrika rapport. 


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