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Ericsson Predicts 930 Million Mobile Internet Subscriptions in 2019

June 12, 2014

Emmanuel Elebeke

World leader in communications technology and services, Ericsson has predicted 930 million mobile internet subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2019, with 557 million smartphone and 710 million broadband subscriptions. This revelation was made known in the June 2014 Ericsson Mobility Report on Sub-Saharan Africa.

The study showed that in 2014, phone users accessed 76,000 TB (terabyte) of data per month, doubling the 2013 figure of 37,500 TB per month.

The report revealed that the scale of the ongoing data revolution in the region with traffic growth doubling that of the past year, will continue to increase at twice the global rate in the next five years.

In 2015, the report said the figures are expected to double again with mobile phone users accessing 147,000 TB per month, and usage increasing 20 times in that order in the next five years.

According to the report, the rise of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones was largely responsible for the unprecedented rise.

The Ericsson report also showed that consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are also increasingly using videoTV and media services from their smartphones to access the internet.

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Source: AllAfrica

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