|[Published: Wednesday November 09 2011]
Africa is World’s Second Largest Mobile Market, GSMA
Cape Town, South Africa, 09 Nov – (ANA) - Africa is now the world’s second largest mobile market by connections after Asia, and the fastest growing mobile market in the world, according to a new Africa Mobile Observatory 2011 report by mobile technology giant GSMA. Africa achieved this milestone as mobile penetration reached 649 million connections in Q4 2011 (having first exceeded 50 per cent mobile penetration in 2010), the report said adding that over the past five years, the number of subscribers across Africa has grown by almost 20 per cent each year and will reach more than 735 million by the end of 2012.
Ninety-six per cent of subscriptions are pre-paid with voice services currently dominating, although uptake of data services is increasing steadily. There are currently six live HSPA+ networks across Africa, with a seventh deployment planned in the near future. By 2015, next-generation LTE networks are predicted to reach 500,000 connections in Kenya, 1.1 million connections in Nigeria and 2.5 million connections in South Africa. (ANA)
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