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Thecla Mbongue


Areas of expertise: Telecoms trends and developments in Sub-Saharan Africa, mobile data uptake.

“Mobile broadband is the fastest-growing segment in the African telecoms market. We expect this segment to pass the 100 million subscriptions mark in 2013 on the back of more HSPA network rollouts, a constant decline in device prices and further segmentation in data tariffs. HSPA is to remain the dominant mobile broadband technology over the next five years. Very few operators have started planning an LTE strategy as LTE deployment in Africa is mostly pending on issuing of spectrum.”

Thecla Mbongue is a Senior Research Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. She works as part of the Middle East and Africa team and has a key focus on mobile operator and vendor strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thecla is responsible for researching the telecoms industry in sub-Saharan Africa and also manages World Cellular Data Metrics, in which Informa tracks mobile data take-up, usage and revenues, including messaging traffic volumes, and user data for mobile broadband and smartphones.

Thecla joined Informa Telecoms & Media in 2003. A native French speaker, she is a regular speaker and moderator at telecoms events and conferences and is often quoted in the regional and global business press.

Thecla holds a Masters degree in Modern Languages from Paris-Sorbonne University.

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