Wednesday 22 May 2013

2012 Statistics for the African Mobile Phone Market

  • Global mobile phone penetration is at 85% of the world’s population
  • There are currently 5.98 billion mobile phone subscriptions
  • Africa has about 644 Mn subscribers (about 11%)
  • LTE deployments in Africa are quickly gaining momentum (11 million customers predicted by 2015)
  • Smartphone penetration rates in Africa are now at a whopping 17 to 19 percent  (that’s almost 1 in 5!)
  • The rest are split between either “feature” phones or basic “dumb” phones (albeit with SMS capability)
  • Commerce in Africa is dependant on mobile. Micro-entrepreneurship covers some 90 percent of the employment base and about 65 percent of the continental GDP
  • Some commentators are speculating that Africa will become the first post-PC region of the world
  • There are currently 5 major international cables in place providing bandwidth to the African continent
  • Despite the global recession and one of the lowest per-capita income levels in the world, BRICS counties and others are investing in Africa ahead of other markets
  • The following African states (terminology used in the report) have mobile phone penetration rates higher than 100%!!!
    • Seychelles
    • Botswana
    • South Africa
    • Morocco
    • Tunisia
    • Reunion-Mayotte
    • Gabon
 the African Mobile Phone Market:

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