To rule them all

Sug­gests that the race is on for a

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

have laid the foun­da­tion for con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­cess, be the win­ners; or will it be global tech­nol­ogy groups, the banks, me­dia, ad­ver­tis­ers or re­tailer gi­ants?”

In South Africa, for ex­am­ple, Pep has grown out of re­tail to be­come a fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider and a leader in terms of sup­ply­ing pre­paid mo­bile ser­vices.

It doesn’t suff ice to j ust con­sider cap­tur­ing African tele­coms mar­kets as a race be­tween tele­coms providers. Things get in­ter­est­ing when one con­sid­ers how broad this play­ing field re­ally is. It’s dif­fi­cult to guess who the win­ners will be, but it’s in­creas­ingly likely that they won’t be the tra­di­tional play­ers.

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