Mobile internet users to grow at 'twice the global rate' in sub-Saharan Africa

orange wikimedia SimonDavisDFIDBy 2017, 3G will become a dominant technology in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the report. (Image source: Simon Davis/Wikimedia Commons)The number of mobile internet users is set to increase at twice the global rate in five years in sub-Saharan Africa, stated a report

Telecom major Ericsson, in its latest report, ssub-Saharan Africa Ericsson Mobility Report, stated that mobile phone users accessed nearly 76,000 TB of data in 2014 alone, having doubled from 37,500 TB from last year. The report predicted that the figures are set to touch 147,000 TB per month in 2015.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies are waking up to the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology. We have seen the trend emerging over a few years but in the past twelve months the digital traffic has increased more than 100 per cent, forcing us to revise our existing predictions,” said Fredrik Jejdling, regional head of Ericsson in sub-Saharan Africa. 

By the end of 2019, there will be 930mn mobile subscriptions in the region, with 557mn smartphone and 710mn broadband subscriptions, stated Ericsson.

Other trends indicated in the report are expansion in 3G and 4G services, and the launch of economical smartphones (under US$50). The voice call traffic in sub-Saharan Africa will double and mobile data usage in sub-Saharan Africa is set to grow 20 times by 2019. By 2019, 75 per cent of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G).


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