Latest Ericsson’s Report reveals Mobile subscriptions to hit 990m in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mobile subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are expected to hit 990 million by 2023.
In the latest Ericsson’s Mobility Report, mobile subscription in the region is expected to grow by six percent between 2017 and 2023, from 700 million mobile subscriptions to 990 million mobile subscriptions.
The report says that Nigeria currently has over 200 million connected lines, while about 139 million are active.
According to the Mobility Report, mobile traffic in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), will increase at a compound yearly growth rate (CAGR) of 49 per cent while mobile subscriptions for the total MEA region are expected to grow at four per cent CAGR between 2017 and 2023, from 1.59 billion in 2017 to 2.03 billion by 2023.
This, according to Ericsson, equates to three per cent growth in the Middle East and North Africa, from 890 million mobile subscriptions to 1.04 billion subscriptions between 2017 and 2023.
On the other hand, mobile broadband subscriptions are forecast to grow by 15 per cent for the MEA region from 820 million in 2017 to 1.85 billion by 2023.
This is broken down into a 13 per cent increase for the Middle East and North Africa from 460 million mobile broadband subscriptions in 2017 to 980 million by 2023.
Similarly, Sub-Saharan Africa mobile broadband subscriptions are forecast to grow by 16 per cent from 350 million in 2017 to 880 million by 2023.
The Mobility Report forecasts that LTE subscriptions will expand by 47 per cent from 30 million in 2017 to 310 million by 2023 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ericsson said, the MEA region is expected to grow by 29 per cent from 190 million to 860 million by 2023.
This means that LTE subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa will grow by 23 per cent from 160 million in 2017 to 570 million by 2023.
For the SSA region, LTE subscriptions will expand by 47 per cent from 300 million in 2017 to 310 million by 2023.
The Head of Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Rafiah Ibrahim, said that the total traffic for the region is expected to grow by 49 per cent.
Ibrahim said: “Total mobile traffic for the region is forecast to grow by around 49 per cent annually between 2017 and 2023. This rapid growth is seeing operators increasingly exploring methods of optimizing their networks with more capacity and coverage. We are supporting operators across the region throughout the different phases of the network evolution enabling best performing networks and differentiated customer experience”.