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Africa - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Africa - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mobile investments in networks encouraging shift from 3G to LTE among consumers

Africa continues to see strong growth in mobile broadband use and data traffic, the result of several factors which are providing a beneficial environment for investment and customer take-up of services. Overall forecasts suggest that mobile internet traffic across the region will increase 20-fold by the end of the decade.

This strong growth is supported by increased internationally connectivity as consortia of operators continue to develop submarine and terrestrial cables to provide the necessary backbone infrastructure on which data and networks depend. Indeed, growth in international internet capacity to Africa has grown faster during the last few than years than in any other region globally. Capacity grew by about 40% in the year to mid-2015. Although connectivity in northern countries dominated growth for a number of years, the focus more recently has been on Sub-Saharan regions.

Major projects include cables connecting southern Africa to Brazil and onto the US, while in August 2015 the West Africa Cable System was upgraded, delivering 5.12Tb/s capacity for connected countries along the route from South Africa to the UK.

Smartphones are rapidly becoming the dominant device of choice for new purchases, in line with the availability of LTE networks being built out by network operators. Many of these operators have an extensive international presence, encompassing a significant number of markets which facilitates the development and spread of technical expertise, m-commerce and roaming. Almost half of all smartphones shipped to Africa in 2015 retail for less than $100, while domestically manufactured units are expected to sell for considerably less into 2016. This will help spread the use of smartphones to a larger consumer base.

By 2020, about three-quarters of all mobile connections will be on 3G or LTE, and thereafter the impetus will favour LTE as operators are able to make use of spectrum released from the switch to digital TV. This process, which was expected to be have been completed by June 2015, was delayed in many markets which were unprepared, but during 2016 this digital dividend spectrum will be made available for network operators to expand the reach of LTE networks beyond the major cities. In response, operators are transitioning their networks to accommodate the shift from a market dominated by mobile voice into one in which data services and customer retention are paramount.

Mobile data revenue in Africa is expected to double by 2019, from about $11 billion 2014 to $22 billion, though mobile voice revenue also retains growth potential, with revenue expected to increase from about $50 billion in 2014 to $55 billion in 2019. Growth in voice revenue and traffic is supported by poor fixed-line networks and the focus among operators, regulators and governments alike on investing in mobile infrastructure to achieve national goals for broadband connectivity and reach.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW
    • STATISTICS
      • Table Africa - active mobile broadband subscribers in selected countries - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Africa - active mobile broadband penetration in selected countries - 2011 - 2015
  • ALGERIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN ALGERIA
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS
      • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • GSM-R
      • Third Generation (3G)
        • Table Algeria - 3G subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2014
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • ANGOLA
    • OVERVIEW OF ANGOLA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Angola - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009- 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Angola - Unitel 3G broadband pricing - 2015
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE/4G)
  • BENIN
    • OVERVIEW OF BENIN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Benin - Mobile internet subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Benin - Mobile internet subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2014
    • 3G/UMTS
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • WIFI
    • SMS
    • MMS
  • BOTSWANA
    • OVERVIEW OF BOTSWANA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Botswana -Mobile internet subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Third generation (3G)
      • Long-term Evolution (4G)
      • SMS and MMS
  • BURKINA FASO
    • OVERVIEW OF BURKINA FASO'S MOBILE MARKET
    • SMS
    • MMS
    • GPRS, EDGE
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
  • CAMEROON
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN CAMEROON
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • LTE
      • Satellite mobile
  • CHAD
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN CHAD
      • Third generation (3G)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • COTE D'IVOIRE
    • OVERVIEW OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE'S MOBILE MARKET
    • SMS
    • MMS
    • GPRS/EDGE
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Côte d'Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Côte d'Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2015
    • HIGH-SPEED PACKET ACCESS (HSPA)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    • OVERVIEW OF THE DRC'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Advanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table DRC - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • DJIBOUTI
    • OVERVIEW OF MOBILE MARKET IN DJIBOUTI
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Djibouti - Mobile broadband subscribers in Djibouti - 2013 - 2015
  • EGYPT
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN EGYPT
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Egypt - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Egypt - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
  • ERITREA
  • ETHIOPIA
    • OVERVIEW OF ETHIOPIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Ethiopia - Ethio Telecom 3G pricing - January 2015
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • GABON
    • OVERVIEW OF GABON'S MOBILE MARKET
    • HIGH-SPEED PACKET ACCESS (HSPA)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • GAMBIA
    • OVERVIEW OF GAMBIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • SMS
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Gambia - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
    • GPRS/EDGE
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Africell Gambia 3G mobile broadband pricing - 2014
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • GHANA
    • OVERVIEW OF GHANA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND/DATA
      • Table Ghana - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Ghana - Total mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2015
      • SMS
      • UMTS (3G)
      • High speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • GPRS
      • EDGE
      • Satellite mobile
  • GUINEA
    • OVERVIEW OF GUINEA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Guinea - SMS traffic - 2012 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Guinea - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2014
  • KENYA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN KENYA
    • SMS
      • Table Kenya - SMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
      • MMS
        • Table Kenya - MMS traffic - 2012 - 2015
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Kenya - Mobile internet subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Kenya - Mobile internet market share by provider - 2014 - 2015
      • Table Kenya - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • UMTS (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
    • VOIP/VOLTE
  • LESOTHO
    • OVERVIEW OF LESOTHO'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Lesotho - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010- 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • LIBERIA
    • OVERVIEW OF LIBERIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Liberia - SMS traffic - 2008 - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
  • LIBYA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN LIBYA
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • SMS
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Libya - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • GPRS/EDGE
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • MADAGASCAR
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN MADAGASCAR
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Madagascar - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • MALAWI
    • OVERVIEW OF MALAWI'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Malawi - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
  • MALI
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN MALI
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mali - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Orange Mali mobile data pricing - 2015
  • MAURITIUS
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN MAURITIUS
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mauritius - SMS traffic - 2006 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mauritius - Orange mobile data/3G broadband post-paid pricing - 2011 - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • MOROCCO
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN MOROCCO
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS
        • Table Morocco - SMS traffic - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Morocco - SMS termination rate - 2012 - 2013
      • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Morocco - 3G mobile internet connections - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Morocco - Market share of internet subscribers by ISP - 2012 - 2015
      • Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
      • Meditel
      • Maroc Telecom
    • UMTS (3G)
    • LTE
    • GPRS
  • MOZAMBIQUE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN MOZAMBIQUE
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mozambique - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Mozambique - mCel 3G prepaid pricing - 2015
  • NAMIBIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN NAMIBIA
    • SMS AND MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Namibia - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Namibia - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • GPRS/EDGE
    • HSDPA
  • NIGERIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN NIGERIA
    • SMS
    • PREMIUM-RATE SMS, INTERACTIVE TV (ITV)
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Nigeria - Mobile internet subscribers by operator (GSM) - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Nigeria - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2014
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • GPRS, EDGE
      • WAP
      • CDMA2000 1x
        • Table Visafone Nigeria CDMA-2000 1x and EV-DO pricing - 2015
        • Table Nigeria CDMA subscribers - 2014 - 2015
      • VoLTE
  • RWANDA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN RWANDA
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Rwanda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Rwanda - Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2014
      • Table Rwanda - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • SENEGAL
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN SENEGAL
    • SMS
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Senegal - Mobile broadband (2G/3G) subscribers - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Senegal - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Senegal - Market share of 2G/3G internet subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM-EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • GPRS AND EDGE
    • EV-DO
    • WAP
    • HIGH SPEED PACKET ACCESS (HSPA)
  • SIERRA LEONE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN SIERRA LEONE
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • MOBILE SATELLITE SERVICES
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Sierra Leone - Airtel 3G mobile broadband pricing - 2012
  • SOUTH AFRICA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN SOUTH AFRICA
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Mobile data revenue
      • SMS
        • Table Vodacom SMS traffic - 2012 - 2014
      • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table South Africa - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Forecast - mobile broadband users - 2015, 2018
        • Table South Africa - Forecast mobile broadband users - 2015; 2018
    • 3G/UMTS
      • Vodacom
        • Table Vodacom South Africa broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2012
      • MTN
      • Cell C
      • Telkom
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • WAP
    • GPRS
    • EDGE
    • HIGH SPED PACKET ACCESS (HSPA)
    • VOICE-OVER-LTE (VOLTE)
    • M2MNETWORKS
      • Table Vodacom South Africa M2M connections - 2011 - 2015
  • SOUTH SUDAN
    • OVERVIEW OF SOUTH SUDAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
      • GPRS and EDGE
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table South Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LTE (4G)
  • SUDAN
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN SUDAN
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Sudani mobile internet pricing - Dec 2013
    • GPRS AND EDGE
    • HSPA
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • SMS AND MMS
      • Table Sudan - SMS traffic - 2010 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2015
  • SWAZILAND
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN SWAZILAND
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Swaziland - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Swazi MTN 3G mobile broadband pricing - 2015
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
  • TANZANIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN TANZANIA
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Tanzania - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2008 - 2014
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION) (LTE)
  • TUNISIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN TUNISIA
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS,MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers (3G with key) - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Tunisia - Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2013 - 2015
      • Table Tunisia - Mobile broadband subscribers (3G) and penetration - 2013 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (4G/LTE)
    • GPRS, EDGE,WAP, BLACKBERRY
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • UGANDA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN UGANDA
    • SMS
      • Table Uganda - SMS messages sent - 2009 - 2015
    • MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Uganda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2016
    • 3G, HSPA
      • Table Uganda - Africell 3G/HSPA mobile broadband pricing - 2015
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • GPRS AND EDGE
    • EV-DO
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
  • ZAMBIA
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN ZAMBIA
    • MOBILE DATA
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Zambia - Mobile internet subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Zambia - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • ZIMBABWE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE MOBILE MARKET IN ZIMBABWE
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Zimbabwe - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015

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