Sub-Saharan Africa to witness fastest growth in mobile usage
With the SSA telecommunications market maturing, and mobile phones taking on the role of service delivery platforms, the region is proving to be extremely lucrative for players in the mobile ecosystem.
Mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016.
"The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario," said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Industry Analyst.
"Mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. This uptrend reflects the gradual change in consumer habits, as they gain their first Internet experience through a mobile device."
The key drivers that increase the uptake of mobile broadband internet in SSA are the increased coverage of 3G networks, the rise of local content, and the development of a range of new apps. Mobile broadband is a tremendous driver in the mobile market as fixed lines throughout SSA are constrained by cost, coverage and reliability. ■