Technology has almost become a necessity in the urban development as it proves to be needed more and more in the age to come. Mobile operators have also pulled the string to ensure they are up to date with the innovation and technology world as they compete for the lion’s share of market and provide better services to their subscribers.
The efforts have pulled off fairly with an increasing number of subscribers notably growing from the sub-Saharan region of the African continent. With the Vision of making Africa a digitized continent, the embrace of technology and innovation to the day-to-day life tasks, the vision is not far from being achieved.
It has been estimated that more than half a billion people across Sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by the end of a decade, according to a new GSMA study.
The new report, ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’, issued at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event in Dar es Salaam forecasts that the number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow from 420 million (43 per cent of the population) at the end of 2016 to 535 million (50 per cent of the population) in 2020, making it the fastest growing region in the world over this period. The report also highlights the Sub-Saharan Africa mobile ecosystem’s growing contribution to regional GDP, jobs, innovation and socio-economic development.
“Sub-Saharan Africa will be a key engine of subscriber growth for the world’s mobile industry over the next few years as we connect millions of previously unconnected men, women and young people across the continent,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “Mobile is also offering sustainable solutions that address the lack of access to services such as health, education, electricity, clean water, and financial services, which still affect large swathes of the population.”