Mo­bile Pen­e­tra­tion

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Sub-sa­ha­ran Africa’s mo­bile phone sub­scribers are ex­pected to sur­pass 500 mil­lion by the end of 2020, said a re­port launched on July 11 by a global as­so­ci­a­tion of mo­bile op­er­a­tors.

The GSM As­so­ci­a­tion (GSMA) fore­casts the num­ber of mo­bile sub­scribers in Sub­sa­ha­ran Africa will grow from 420 mil­lion at the end of 2016 to 535 mil­lion in 2020, mak­ing it the fastest grow­ing re­gion in the world over this pe­riod.

“Mo­biles are of­fer­ing sus­tain­able so­lu­tions that ad­dress the lack of ac­cess to ser­vices such as health, ed­u­ca­tion, elec­tric­ity, clean wa­ter and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, which still af­fect large swathes of the pop­u­la­tion,” said Mats Gran­ryd, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the GSMA.

Mo­bile tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices gen­er­ated $110 bil­lion of eco­nomic value in Sub-sa­ha­ran Africa in 2016, equiv­a­lent to 7.7 per­cent of re­gional GDP, a fig­ure ex­pected to grow to $142 bil­lion (8.6 per­cent of GDP) by 2020.

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