2012 African Mobile FactbookThis briefing paper provides a snapshot of the African mobile phonemarket, written and produced as a free servicefor executives involved in the mobile phone industry by the editorialteam of ‘Africa & Middle East Telecom Week’.For further information, please visitwww.africantelecomsnews.com Blycroft Publishing www.blycroft.com
1. Africa Ascendant – the last great mobile adventureEricsson, in its interim Traffic and Market Data Report for 4Q 2011, showsglobal mobile penetration reaching 85 percent in Q4 2011, up from 81 percentin 3Q 2011 by Ericsson’s reckoning. Global mobile subscriptions now totalaround 5.983 billion, up from 5.749 billion three months before.India and China accounted for approximately 35 percent of the estimated 182million new subscriptions added in 4Q 2011. Mobile subscriptions increasedby around 13 percent year-on-year and 3 percent quarter-on-quarter. Around75 percent of total subscriptions are GSM, whilst 15 percent areWCDMA/HSPA. 1.1 Global Mobile Subscribers by Region (Ericsson) 4Q 2011 Source: Ericsson interim Traffic and Market Data Report 4Q 2011 c. Blycroft 2012The Ericsson study shows Africa as the region with the greatest growth inboth the third and fourth quarters of 2011, topping China in both periods. TheMiddle East was ranked third in both periods.