- Africa: Mobile Subscribers to Rise by 167m in 6 Years
Africa’s mobile subscribers to increase by 167 million to 623 million in the next 6 years, a new study by GSMA has shown.
That number is now estimated to grow to over 600 million by 2025 with Nigeria and Ethiopia projected to record the fastest growth rates of 19 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
The projection was based on the growing population of young consumers that are becoming adults and owning a mobile phone for the first time. This new population is expected to account for the majority of new mobile subscribers going forward.
“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,” said Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA, Akinwale Goodluck. “With mobile technology at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital journey, it is essential for policymakers in the region to implement policies and best practices that ensure sustainable growth in the mobile industry, and enable the transition to next-generation mobile networks.”
The report titled ‘the Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019’ also shows about 239 million or 23 percent of Africans using mobile phone subscribed for mobile internet service and use it on a regular basis. Nigeria’s mobile internet subscribers rose to 122.6 million in May, up from 119.5 million in April.
However, 4G remains low at 7 percent when compared with the global average of 44 percent. The report attributed the slow adoption to a high cost of implementation.
According to the report, mobile technologies and services contributed 8.6 percent to GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018, accounting for $114 billion in monetary term. While the industry supported 3.5 million jobs –directly and indirectly– and paid almost $15.6 billion in taxes.