The Financial Challenges of the Sub-Saharan Africa Telecoms Boom Notes de l'Ifri, January 2010
Telecom industry has taken a significant place within of the economy of most African countries. In this aspect, it is an undeniable source of economic growth and development. It impacts on the financial sphere at three levels.
Firstly, telecom industry in African countries plays a considerable part within capital flow themselves: from mobile-payment to international money transfer, impacts are numerous. Furthermore, private telecommunications companies are often the most important fiscal contributors, rising many questions about economic issues for African governments. Finally, there is the setting up of a speculative telecom bubble in Africa with an important rise in value of licences or private telecommunications companies; a bubble which is probably going to face difficulties when some companies are going to struggle reimbursing their debts. The analysis of these three phenomena illustrates key challenges for this industry within the coming years.
Henri Tcheng is Partner at Cabinet BearingPoint in charge of Telecoms for Europe, Africa and Middle-East, Jean-Michel Huet is Senior Manager in the same team and Mouna Romdhane, consultant.
This content is published in French only : Les enjeux financiers de l’explosion des télécoms en Afrique subsaharienne