Irrespective of unrest in some areas in N.Africa, it may be very hard for mobile business to decline. It is the current fuel for socio-ecomic development. In the next two decades, this business will continue to boom.
Market of mobile communications in Africa is very massive insipte of political turmoil. The political uproars in some part of the region - incident that can be curtailed and gradually stability is being restored there.
People inhabiting there have been able to communicate to other parts of the world through mobile devices - Smartphones and other gadgets especially at this time they experiencing bad political situation. Also, aside the north Africa region, the west part of Africa is doing excellent well in mobile communications - telecommunication service providers are spreading fast to cover most cities, towns and villages. So also mobile and smartphone market sales is on the fast lane.
What I have seen from my travels to Africa is that the operators basically are one or two generations back comparing to West . For instance in Sudan there is not 3G provider only gsm that exclude the ability to connect to internet and have calls with video. But I have seen also in Kenya two big providers (safari) with satisfactory mobile networkcoverage areas. And something that is really impressed me, was the fact that a lot of people even the poor had mobile phone.
It would seem the most significant set back the providers are going to face is going to be investment in the networks. The people are showing they are eager to get a better telecommunications network established. As turmoil continues, many people will be looking to use the mobile market place instead of sitting on a land line or at a desktop.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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