West Africa is the home to more than 172 million unique mobile subscribers and one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile regions. Over the next 4 years, West Africa will see an average subscriber growth of 6%, one of the fastest rates globally, resulting in an additional 45 million subscribers by 2020.
Below is a summary of the mobile economy state across the 15 markets in West Africa:
- More than a quarter of the population now subscribe to mobile internet services, a figure that will nearly double to 43% by 2020.
- The West African government recently awarded a second 3G license, with the focus shifting to the potential for 4G to further improve the availability of mobile internet services across the country.
- There are currently more than 1,000 mobile health services in developing countries targeting families through the provision of health content and diagnostics services.
- Mobile technology in West Africa helped achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the sub-region, for example, to spread awareness of disease outbreak, such as the Ebola virus in 2014/15.
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