ABI: African 3G subscriptions to reach 210M by end of 2015

The number of 3G subscriptions in Africa are expected to grow rapidly from 114 million in 2013 to 210 million by the end of 2015, according to a new report from ABI Research. 3G penetration in Africa is still relatively low, and will reach around 13.8 per cent at the end of 2013. Total subscriptions in Africa reached 863 million at the end of the second quarter of this year, representing 9.3 per cent growth compared to a year earlier. Despite the low 3G penetration, LTE services are already being launched in some major African markets, such as South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria, and have attracted 200,000 LTE subscriptions by the end of the second quarter of 2013. ABI said Africa is expected to gain 51.2 million LTE subscriptions by the end of 2018, demonstrating a CAGR of 118 per cent. Report