In the Global Connectivity Index 2018 by Huawei,South Africa has performed on average levels in terms of broadband, data centers and cloud services.
The barometer explore how 79 countries are deploying broadband networks and investing in a range of enabling technologies that drive the digital transformation of industry, cities and government.
South Africa ranks 46th out of 79 countries.
In general, the Huawei GCI report stated that South Africa’s bandwidth has been improved this year and a 1-point growth was also reflected in cloud migration.
In addition, South Africa experiences improvements in MBB subscription and smartphone penetration.
“Moving forward, more investment in ICT infrastructure is necessary to support and facilitate the development ICT in South Africa.,” according to the report.
Furthermore, South Africa is expected to have the highest information, technology and communications (ICT) spend across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) regions.
“It is expected to lead the way among the regions with investment in technologies such as cloud, big data, social, and mobility become investment imperatives and dominate the ICT decision-making agenda,” the report stated.
“LTE-A, a new high-speed broadband network, is about to be rolled out in South Africa. Current versions of LTE are still regarded as a form of 3G, while LTE-A is regarded as the minimum to describe a network as 4G.”