Sub-Saharan Africa’s population will reach around 999m in 2017. We expect the population to cross 1bn in 2018 and reach 1.14bn by the end of 2022, translating into a 2017-22 CAGR of over 2%. Nigeria (190m) and Ethiopia (104m) are the two most populous countries in the region. Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world, with over 45% of the population being 15 or under. While this creates opportunity in the form of new consumers for mobile services, it also creates challenges for the domestic economies that must absorb young people as they join the workforce.
Mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa will add around 30m users in 2017, bringing the total number of unique mobile users to over 450m. It is expected that the operators to add over 170m more users to their networks by 2022, bringing the total to around 0.6 Billion.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s unique mobile user penetration will cross 45.3% by year-end 2017, the lowest rate worldwide. We expect user penetration levels in the region to surpass the 50% mark in 2020 and to reach 55% by year-end 2022. The regional figures mask significant country differences, for e.g. CAR’s penetration is only just over 20% in 2017.
Mobile subscriptions in the Sub-Saharan Africa region will top 717m by year-end 2017, a 2% increase over year-end 2016. We expect subscriptions in the region to top 1bn in 2022 representing a CAGR of 7%. Central Africa will enjoy the highest growth through 2022 (over 11% CAGR).
The report Mobile Broadband Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa, provides an executive-level overview of the mobile telecom market in Sub-Saharan Africa. It delivers deep qualitative insight into the mobile market, analyzing key trends and in the region.
In depth, this report provides the following -
Global context: Mobile telecom market size and trends in Sub-Saharan Africa compared with other countries in the region.
Economic, demographic and political context in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The regulatory environment and trends.
A demand profile: Analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of service revenue from the mobile voice and mobile data markets.
Service evolution: A look at changes in the breakdown of overall revenue between the mobile voice and data from 2016 to 2022.
Companies mentioned in this report: MTN, Airtel, Huwaei, Orange
The overall mobile service revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa will decline at a CAGR of 1.6% during 2017-2022.
Mobile data revenue will account for 46.2% of the total telecom revenue in 2022, driven by increasing adoption and usage of mobile broadband services.
3G will be the most adopted mobile technology across the by 2022. Rising demand for high-speed data service and expansion of the 4G network will also drive 4G subscriber growth.
Nigeria will account for 15% of net adds in the region between 2017 and 2022. DRC, South Africa, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire will round out the list of top five contributors to the region’s subscription growth over the next five years.
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