The International Data Corporation (IDC) recently released its top 10 ICT predictions for Africa in 2015, looking at how economic development and social progress in Africa will be influenced by ICT over the next year.

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen huge potential for growth with some of the fastest growing economies in the world. ICT is becoming a key factor in this growth as it supports and shapes economic activity.

Governments in Africa are also beginning to see the opportunity of ICT as a service enabler, with e-government and m-government initiatives being rolled out across the continent.

With this in mind, IDC’s top 10 ICT predictions for Africa in 2015 are:

1. ICT investments that address market realities will fuel GDP growth in key African countries.

2. Governments with relevant, effective national ICT policies will begin to dominate the economic landscape.

3. The battle for the SMB market will begin in earnest in more developed African markets.

4. Security concerns will remain as mobile devices, data, and access methods proliferate.

5. External socioeconomic agendas will boost ICT usage, but will face strong resistance without due localisation.

6. A new era of African IT procurement will get underway, with new clients, new products, and new markets.

7. Technology will help breach intra-Africa trade barriers by removing obstacles, increasing efficiency, and encouraging transparency.

8. Digital engagements that integrate mobility benefits with those offered by cloud, big data, and social networking will be the key to capturing market share in Africa.

9. Bifurcation will characterize mobility initiatives as smartphones outpace feature phones.

10. A new cloud model will emerge, with the technology discussion falling away in favour of the business discussion.