Sub-Saharan Africa currently has 420 million unique mobile subscribers with a penetration rate of 43%.
By 2020, this number should reach more than half a billion, making Africa the most explosive mobile market. This information was published in the 2017 Mobile Economy Report of the GSM Association ( GSMA ).
According to the data, there were 731 million SIM connections in Africa at the end of 2016. This figure will increase to nearly one billion by 2020. The largest African markets are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia , Nigeria and Tanzania.
With nearly 200 million connections to smartphones have doubled in the last two years in sub-Saharan Africa. The report explains this growth by the increasing accessibility of new devices and the growth of the second hand market.
This affects, however, revenue growth in the region that continues to decline due to courier services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Mobile penetration in West Africa is highest in Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
In East Africa, it is higher in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. In Central Africa: Gabon, Congo and Sao Tome and Principe.
Finally, in southern Africa: Seychelles, Mauritius, Botswana and South Africa.