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African mobile markets on exponential growth track

23 Nov 2012 11:29 | Lloyd Gedye

Analysts Informa Telecoms & Media forecast last week that the number of mobile subscribers in Africa would be as high as 750-million before the end of 2012.  (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Analysts Informa Telecoms & Media forecast last week that the number of mobile subscribers in Africa would be as high as 750-million before the end of 2012. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Analysts Informa Telecoms & Media forecast last week that the number of mobile subscribers in Africa would be as high as 750-million before the end of 2012 and would reach one billion by 2015. Considering that the number was 16-million in 2000, the year when mobile overtook fixed subscribers on the continent, this growth is impressive.

A recent report from PwC’s Commu-nications Review stated that $78.8-billion was invested in the telecoms sector in Africa in 2008 and this figure was expected to be as high as $145.8-­billion by 2015, an 85% increase. Mobile accounts for a large chunk of this investment.

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