Mobile telephony, Africa advances quickly.
Thus far, 2017 has been a very promising year in terms of the mobile telephony market.
In fact, no less than nine million Africans have stipulated new contracts in the first quarter of 2017, making the continent the fourth-ranked market with the fastest expansion in the world.
This according to the latest Mobility Report from Ericsson, dated June 2017. Parallel to the expansion and diffusion of the use of the smartphone, the market of telephone towers services is growing and evolving together.
Nigeria ambassador of mobile telephony
In Africa, Nigeria is the country with the highest number of contributors to this growth, with three million new mobile telephony network customers.
Leading the global rankings is India, with 43 million subscribers more and China with 24 million.
With respect to last year, subscriptions have increased by 4%, now reaching a total of 7.6 billion.
A growing sector, but a long way to go
In Africa and the Middle East, mobile telephony penetration is still lower than the other regions of the world, statistics that would lead one to think of rapid, exponential growth. The forecasts indicate that the numbers will triple between 2016 and 2022 in the MENA zone.
One of the underlying reasons for this evolution is the younger generations, tending increasingly toward the use of mobile devices and the strong differentiation in production.
According to Ericsson, in 2018 LTE will be the undisputed dominating technology, beating out GSM, also representing the highest rate of growth in the history of mobile telephony.