Most people, including me, are done with this year and already looking to the next. Well, Ericsson’s mobility report
wants us to think further about how different Africa could be in 6 years’ time.
What’s in this report
It expects four out of every ten mobile subscriptions in 2026 will be 5G.
It has projected increased growth in mobile broadband subscriptions in Africa. Predicting that sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile broadband subscriptions will account for 76 per cent of all mobile subscriptions in Africa by 2025. This growth is attributed to increased digital skills and affordable smartphones.
In October, Mozilla and the Africa Telecommunications Union announced
that they were partnering to promote rural connectivity across Africa. And more recently, Liquid Telecom partnered
with Google’s Project Taara to expand and enhance affordable, high-speed Internet to communities across its networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Why this matters
Having more devices and digital skills is a strong starting point, but it is just a start. The huge opportunity is in what African’s will use their skills and devices for, like accessing services and building solutions.
We will likely see more employment and tax payments. If this is not good news for governments, I don’t know what it is.
Earlier this year GSMA released its mobile gender gap report
which highlighted a substantial gender gap in mobile internet use in low and middle-income countries. Sub Saharan Africa has the second-largest gender gap in the world at 37%, which means fewer women access the internet than men. By how much could this gap be reduced in the coming years?