There will be at least 930 million mobile subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2019, with 557 million smartphones and 710 million broadband subscriptions, Ericsson predicts in its latest report published yesterday.
The June 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Ericsson Mobility Report also says that mobile internet use in this region has been doubling year-on-year, with usage expected to increase 20 times in the next five years.
By 2017, 3G technology will outstrip 2G to become the region’s dominant form of mobile connection, according to the report.
The Ericsson report also includes the following:
• In 2014 phone users accessed 76 000 TB (terabyte) of data per month, double the 2013 figure of 37 500 TB per month.
• In 2015 the figures are expected to double again with mobile phone users accessing 147 000 TB per month.
The rise of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones has prompted the rise, the Sweden-based company says, adding that consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are also increasingly using video TV and media services from their smartphones.
Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson SSA regional head, says the region is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies are wakening up 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 over 100% forcing us to revise our existing predictions.”