mobile penetration

  • In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones Crunch Network

    In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

    I reckon it’s time to check in on one of my bolder predictions. Some 18 months ago, I wrote “In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones.” Let’s get this out of the way: most of the smart money thinks I’m wrong by at least three years. Worldwide, according to Gartner, smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales in 2013, for the first time — but… Read More

  • ABI: Africa’s Mobile Market To Pass 80% Subscriber Penetration In Q1 Next Year; 13.9% Of Global Cellular Market By 2017

    ABI: Africa’s Mobile Market To Pass 80% Subscriber Penetration In Q1 Next Year; 13.9% Of Global Cellular Market By 2017

    Analyst ABI Research expects mobile phone subscriber penetration levels in Africa to pass 80 percent in the first quarter of next year. In Q3 this year, it said the continent’s 54 countries and 1.08 billion people had accumulated 821 million mobile subscribers, up 16.9 percent year-on-year — to 76.4 percent — and it expects this to grow to 1.12 billion subscribers by 2017. Read More

  • In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

    In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

    Feature phones are not the future. Of course that verges on tautology; of course everyone will have a smartphone, until everyone has something smaller and better and even more integrated into the fabric of our lives, like Google Glasses or cybernetic jawbone/retinal implants or whatever Charles Stross dreams up next. But when, exactly? I’ve spent a good chunk of my life wandering around… Read More

  • ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

    ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile

    What does it mean when Facebook says it has 901 million monthly active users on its network? According to figures out from the International Telecommunication Union, it effectively signifies that Facebook is the world’s largest social network by a very long shot. The ITU says in a new report that that the number of people using all social media services have passed the 1 billion mark. Read More