ict africa sector fact sheet 2015

This region sector fact sheet provides key trade and investment related statistics for Africa’s ICT sector. Specifically, it shows Africa’s ICT patterns with key investment opportunities. The fact sheet also shows Africa’s global regional ICT trade and investment flows, in addition to Africa’s ICT trade and investment with South Africa and the Western Cape highlighting the largest and fastest growing products and sub-sectors. Download sector fact sheet PDF above.

Executive Summary

Sector

Mauritius was the top ranking African country (70) in the ITU 2014 Report, followed by the Seychelles (75), Egypt (89) and South Africa (90).

Nigeria has the largest amount of cellular subscriptions in 2013 in Africa (126.9 million) followed by Egypt (99.7 million) and South Africa (72.5 million).

Africa accounts for less than 0.5% of the world’s fixed-broadband subscriptions, and despite double-digit growth over the last four years, penetration in Africa remains very low. Growth is expected to be 14% from 2014-2018.

Nigeria has the largest amount of broadband subscriptions in 2013 in Africa (10 million) followed by South Africa (6.9 million) and Egypt (6.5 million).

Mobile broadband penetration is low in Africa at only 19% of the population. Cape Verde had the highest penetration in Africa in 2013 with 56.6% of the population.

Trade

Exports of ICT products from Africa were valued at ZAR30.96bn in 2013 increasing by 14%, while imports were valued at ZAR227.69bn in 2013 increasing by 19%.

South Africa was the leading export market for ICT products from Africa to the world in 2013, valued at ZAR11.11bn. Tunisia and Morocco were ranked second and third, valued at ZAR9.38bn and ZAR5.32bn respectively.

In 2013, South Africa exported ICT goods to Africa valued at ZAR3.7bn, compared to ZAR2.8bn in 2012, representing an increase of 31%.

Exports from the Western Cape to Africa were valued at ZAR129m in 2013 compared to ZAR120m in 2012, increasing by 7.5%.

Other TV receivers, video monitors and projectors were the leading export product from the Western Cape to Africa valued at ZAR12m followed by parts and accessories of data processing equipment (ZAR9m) and transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus (ZAR7m).

Investment

Between January 2003 and July 2014 a total of 932 FDI projects were recorded into the ICT sector in Africa. These projects represent a total capital investment of ZAR370.52bn. Africa was a net recipient of investment in the ICT sector over the period, investing ZAR121.20bn in other countries.

South Africa was the leading destination market for ICT into Africa, with 204 investment projects representing 22% of investments into Africa.

Between January 2003 and July 2014 a total of 6 FDI projects were recorded from the Western Cape into Africa. These projects represent a total capital investment of ZAR192.69m. The Western Cape was the recipient of two investments from Namibia totalling ZAR2.05bn.