GSMA: Mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass 0.5B in 2020

The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020 as mobile services become increasingly affordable and accessible to millions of currently unconnected citizens across the region. According to a new GSMA report, there were 329 million unique mobile subscribers in the region at the end of June 2014, equivalent to 38 per cent of the region's total population. Sub-Saharan Africa has been the world's fastest-growing mobile region over the last five years in terms of both unique mobile subscribers and mobile connections, and is forecast to continue to lead global growth through 2020. The six largest markets, in order of size, are Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, which together account for over half of the region's unique mobile subscriber base. Report