Mobile Internet usage is expected to increase 20 times in sub-Sahara Africa within the next five years, a new report indicates.
In 2015, the figure is also expected to double, with mobile phone users accessing 147,000 TB per month.
The report also indicates that the 3G technology will outstrip 2G by 2017 to become the region's dominant form of mobile connection.
According to Shiletsi Makhofane, the head of marketing and strategy at
"Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies embracing the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology," he said.
He said the 100 per cent increase in Internet usage forced them to revise their predictions.
By 2019, the report predicts that 75 per cent of mobile subscriptions will be Internet inclusive (3G or 4G).
According to March statistics from the
Airtel had a total of 313,849 internet users as of
Makhofane said if all the industry stakeholders look to produce cheaper smartphones, offer cheaper mobile broadband subscription rates and produce relevant applications that solve challenges in all economic sectors, then the feat can be achieved.
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