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More Industry Insights45% of the population subscribe to mobile services

September 29, 2020by myles0
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By the end of 2019, 477 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa subscribed to mobile services. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile market in the region will reach several key milestones over the next 5 years, underpinned by continuous investments from operators in network infrastructure, and the need for a robust digital economy. 

Meanwhile, the 5G era has begun in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Vodacom and MTN launching the first major 5G networks in South Africa. Whilst the focus for operators and other stakeholders will remain on increasing 4G uptake, the immediate opportunity for 5G is to use FWA to bridge the gap in fixed broadband connectivity for homes and businesses.

Beyond connectivity, the mobile industry keeps driving social impact and supporting economic growth in the region, especially in times of crisis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to digital services has been crucial to keep economies active. Governments and policy makers should now implement policies to drive investments towards a more inclusive and resilient digital infrastucture.
The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2020 report provides in-depth insights on the state of the mobile industry in the region, analysing the drivers, challenges and opportunities behind a more inclusive digital market, and covers:
* The mobile markets in numbers
* The key trends shaping the digital landscape
* The contribution of mobile to economic growth and social progress
* The policy actions for digital and fiscal resilience

Source GSMA

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