Smart Cities in Africa & the Middle East: Gaining traction as rates of urbanization increase

Smart Cities in Africa & the Middle East: Gaining traction as rates of urbanization increase


"Smart Cities in Africa & the Middle East: Gaining traction as rates of urbanization increase", a new Telecom Insider Report by GlobalData, provides an executive-level overview of the smart city market in Africa & the Middle East. It delivers deep qualitative insight into the smart city market, analyzing key trends and smart city projects being implemented in the region, and the main smart city value chain and ecosystem dynamics in the region.

Rapid urbanization and scarcity of resources have been pushing AME countries to look for smart solutions to ensure sustainability and rationalization of available resources. Most governments in Africa are focusing on providinng basic public services such as electricity, water and waster water management, while focus of more affluent Middle Eastern countries is on effiecenicy of city services. African countries are also focusing on digital inclusion for successful implementaion of smart city initiatives.

It provides in-depth analysis of the following -
- Smart cities in the global context; a look at smart city context worldwide and analysis of the smart city value-chain and the role of telcos;
- Situation of smart cities in Africa & the Middle East; an overview on the main city challenges in Africa & the Middle East and how this is driving smart city investments, and also an analysis of the telcos role within Africa & the Middle East smart cities projects;
- Smart city case studies; this section details the business model and strategy of smart city projects from Africa & the Middle Easts select three countries.
- Key findings and recommendations; the Insider concludes with a number of key findings and a set of recommendations for smart city stakeholders, including telecom service providers.


- Africa and the Middle East feature different levels of ICT infrastructure, which pose challenge in deployment of smart city solutions. Poor telecom infrastructure in many countries especially in Africa hurdles the development of smart city projects.
- The objectives of smart city initiatives vary across AME region depending on economic and social conditions of a country. Most African countries such as Rwanda and South Africa are more focused on providing better quality of life through smart city initiates (e.g., transportation, electricity and water projects) while affluent Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and United Arab Emirates are using smart city solutions to improve efficiency of city services and enhance security measures.
- Government plays the key role in leading the smart city projects as well as contributing funds for the initiatives in AME. Telcos are primarily engaged in providing connectivity through investments in 4G and fiber-optic networks.

Reasons to buy

- This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and business models in the smart cities market in Africa & the Middle East to help executives fully understand market dynamics, determine what works and what doesn’t, formulate effective product development plans and optimize resource allocation and return on investments.
- Three case studies illustrate the findings of the report, providing insight into particular situations in the smart cities market; this will help the reader understand both the challenges confronted in the real world and the strategies employed to overcome those challenges.
- The report discusses concrete opportunities in the smart cities market, providing a number of actionable recommendations for smart city market participants, including telecom service providers.

List of Exhibits 4
Executive Summary 6
Section : Introduction and Global Context of Smart Cities 7
Section : Smart City Situation in Africa & the Middle East 5
Section 3: Three Smart City Case Studies from AME 6
Section 4: Key Findings and Recommendations 33

List Of Tables

List of Tables
Exhibit 1: Smart city definition 8
Exhibit 2: The four elements of smart city projects 9
Exhibit 3: Evolution of total and urban population globally 10
Exhibit 4: Evolution of number and population of megacities 10
Exhibit 5: Smart city types by main medium-term project drivers 11
Exhibit 6: Examples of IoT based smart city solutions 12
Exhibit 7: Access technology for IoT based on throughput vs. range 13
Exhibit 8: Smart city technological value-chain 14
Exhibit 9: Total and urban population in AME 16
Exhibit 10: Evolution of cities in AME region by population size 17
Exhibit 11: Specific challenges of AME cities classified by smart city element 17
Exhibit 12: ICT connectivity plans in select AME economies 18
Exhibit 13: Select examples of BRT system in Africa, 2017 19
Exhibit 14: Sheltor location on GIS, Tel Aviv 20
Exhibit 15: Benefits of electric medical record under Salama and Nabidh projects 21
Exhibit 16: Solutions for environment & sustainability in AME cities 22
Exhibit 17: Different stakeholders in AME smart city projects divided by role 23
Exhibit 18: Different involvement levels of telecom service providers within smart city projects 24
Exhibit 19: Examples of ongoing smart city projects, invested amounts and its stakeholders 25
Exhibit 20: Country Profile - UAE 27
Exhibit 21: Select smart city projects in Dubai 28
Exhibit 22: Country Profile - South Africa 29
Exhibit 23: Select smart city projects in Cape Town 30
Exhibit 24: Country Profile - Israel 31
Exhibit 25: Select smart city projects in Tel-Aviv 32

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