Mobile internet usage is expected to increase 20 times in the next five years while 3G technology is set to outstrip 2G to become region's most dominant form of mobile connection by 2017, this after Ericson revealed the scale of the region's ongoing data revolution which has doubled traffic growth in the past year.
The rise of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones has prompted the rise. Consumers in
In the next five years, the Report's findings show that the voice call traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa will double and there will be an explosion in mobile data with usage in Sub-Saharan Africa growing 20 times between 2013 and 2019, twice the anticipated global expansion. By 2019 the report predicts that 75 per cent of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G).
This growth has been predicted following the launch in 2014 of a number of smartphones for under
Fredrik Jejdling, Regional Head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, says: "The rise of cheap smartphones will allow vast portions of the population from middle classes in cities to small businesses in rural areas access to mobile broadband. M-commerce can offer endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and we've found that farmers are fans of mobile wallets as well as teenagers wanting to watch music videos on their smartphone."
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