Report Says Africa Will Exceed 1bn Mobile Internet Connections In 5 Years

Report Says Africa Will Exceed 1bn Mobile Internet Connections In 5 Years

By Tunde Osho

Africa’s mobile internet connections will rise from 419 million at the end of 2017 to 1.07 billion by the end of 2022.

A report by research and consulting firm Ovum in London estimates that mobile broadband connections is growing rapidly. “Data connectivity is growing strongly in Africa.

The forum said there are also good prospects on the continent in areas such as digital media, mobile financial services, and the Internet of Things,” said Matthew Reed, Practice Leader Middle East and Africa at Ovum.

“As Africa’s TMT market becomes more convergent and complex, service providers are under increasing pressure to make the transition from being providers of communications services, and to become providers of digital services.”

Mobile phone operators such as MTN Group, Orange and Bharti Airtel are investing heavily in high-speed networks to meet demand from users who are increasingly using phones for everything from paying their bills to streaming videos and surfing the internet.