With mobile data and services developing in Africa at high pace, businesses need data connectivity to grow. Fortunately, the number of African mobile broadband connections are set to double over next five years.
Ovum, an analyst and consultancy firm headquartered in London, foresees that the number of connections will grow from 419 million at end-2017, to 1.07 billion by the end of 2022. The increase is caused by the roll-out of 3G W-CDMA and 4G LTE networks, and the increasing affordability of smartphones.
BizTechAfrica reports that Ovum expects Africa’s first 5G services will be launched in 2021. The data connectivity supports businesses in the broadest sense. Facebook reported this year that it has about 170 million active users in Africa. According to the report, this “means it has more customers on the continent than Africa’s biggest telecoms operator, MTN Group, which had 165 million mobile subscriptions in Africa at end-1H17.”
According to Ovum, growing data connectivity offers good prospects in Africa, in areas such as digital media, mobile financial services, and the Internet of Things.
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