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Sub-Saharan Africa to Remain World’s Fastest Growing Mobile Region

Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) who recently ranked Nigeria as the most advanced tech ecosystem in Africa has stated that Sub-Saharan Africa will remain the fastest-growing mobile region in the world, with an estimated 160 million new unique subscribers to be added across the region by 2025.

The organization recently released a report ‘The Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019’ in which it disclosed that the youth population growth across the Sub-Saharan region will fuel the increase in mobile subscribers’ growth.

“A new generation of youthful ‘digital natives’ across Sub-Saharan Africa are set to fuel customer growth and drive adoption of new mobile services that are empowering lives and transforming businesses.”

 Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA.

Extract from the Sub-Saharan Africa edition report

  • 23% of the region’s population uses the mobile internet on a regular basis.
  • Smartphones accounted for 39% of mobile connections in the region in 2018, forecast to increase to two-thirds of connections by 2025.
  • 4G will account for almost one in four connections by 2025. However, 4G uptake is being dampened in some markets by the high cost of 4G devices and delays in assigning 4G spectrum.
  • The region’s mobile operators are increasing investment in their networks and are expected to spend $60 billion (capex) on network infrastructure and services between 2018 and 2025 – almost a fifth of this total being invested in new 5G networks.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile ecosystem has created over 3.5 million jobs directly or indirectly. The exponential growth of mobile subscribers as projected can only cause an increase in the numbers in the coming years.

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