What is it about?
Telecommunications infrastructure has been instrumental for the economic takeoff of African (defined to include sub‐Saharan Africa and North Africa) economies. Key players have emerged from South Africa and East Africa - notably Kenya, but not much is covered in terms of intra-regional investments and partnerships. This study therefore provides some preliminary insights.
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Why is it important?
While observing the renewed pattern of foreign direct investment (FDI) from and to emerging markets in a value‐added sector (mobile telecoms), this article uses a series of questions to profile the opportunities and challenges of mobile telephony in Nigeria and, by extension, Africa. Considering the exploratory nature of this article, it only presents a broad overview of the African telecom landscape, drawing largely upon secondary data. Overall, the article argues that in order to derive any medium‐ to long‐term opportunities in the African mobile telephony market, both existing and potential investors would need to ponder over a number of concerns and/or questions arising from this article—notably, what are the key drivers behind this growth? Who are the key players driving this pattern of investments? Why the renewed interest in Africa from Middle East telcos? How has the landscape changed in terms of innovation and value added?
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This page is a summary of: A preliminary assessment of Middle East investments in sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from the mobile telecom sector, Thunderbird International Business Review, December 2010, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/tie.20391.
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Entrepreneurship Development in Africa: Insights from Nigeria’s and Zimbabwe’s Telecoms
This chapter highlights the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship development in two sub-Saharan African (ssa) contexts. The chapter is developed from a cross-national comparative analysis Nigeria and Zimbabwe, and using the telecommunications (henceforth telecoms) sector, as its point of departure. In the main, the chapter highlights some of the pertinent issues that shape the current, and future, trends in enterprise development in ssa, as championed by an arguably ‘new generation of African entrepreneurs.’ Both case illustrations signpost emerging issues in enterprise development through compelling success stories of entrepreneurship initiatives despite infrastructure challenges and unstable economic and political landscapes experienced in the two ssa countries in recent years.
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