The GSMA, the global association for telecommunication firms, has said 18 million more Nigerians will become mobile subscribers by 2025.
It disclosed this in its ‘The mobile economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2022’ report.
The report said, “By the end of 2021, 515 million people subscribed to mobile services in Sub-Saharan Africa, representing 46 per cent of the population – an increase of almost 20 million in 2020.
“There will be nearly 100 million new subscribers by 2025, taking the total number of subscribers to 613 million (50 per cent of the region’s population). The two most populated countries – Nigeria and Ethiopia – will account for almost a third of new subscribers in the period to 2025.”
According to its breakdown, 18 million new subscribers will adopt mobile in Nigeria by 2025; 12 million in Ethiopia; eight million in Democratic Republic of Congo; six million in Tanzania; five million in Kenya; four million in Uganda; and 45 million across other countries in the region.
GSMA explained that since Sub-Saharan Africa had a sizeable proportion of its population under the age of 18, its subscriber growth was set to remain strong for the foreseeable future as young consumers moved into adulthood and are able to subscribe to mobile services.
It stated that since the young subscribers are likely to be tech-savvy and keen on adopting mobile internet services, 4G and 5G services are going to benefit from increased adoption.
Commenting on the importance of the mobile in the region, the association said, “In 2021, mobile technologies and services generated around 8 per cent of GDP across Sub-Saharan Africa, a contribution that amounted to almost $140bn of economic value added.
“The mobile ecosystem also supported more than 3.2 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made a substantial contribution to the funding of the public sector, with $16bn raised through taxes on the sector. By 2025, mobile’s contribution will grow by $65bn (to almost $155bn), as the countries in the region increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services.”
It further stated that mobile is driving digital inclusion as it is the primary way most people in the region access the Internet.