The The GSMA, the global association of telecommunications companies, said an additional 18 million Nigerians would become mobile subscribers by 2025.
She revealed this in her report “The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2022”.
The report states: “By the end of 2021, 515 million people were subscribed to mobile services in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 46% of the population, an increase of nearly 20 million in 2020.
“There will be almost 100 million new subscribers by 2025, bringing the total number of subscribers to 613 million (50% of the region’s population). The two most populous countries – Nigeria and Ethiopia – will account for almost a third of new subscribers by 2025.”
According to its breakdown, 18 million new subscribers will adopt mobile in Nigeria by 2025; 12 million in Ethiopia; eight million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; six million in Tanzania; five million in Kenya; four million in Uganda; and 45 million in other countries in the region.
The GSMA explained that since sub-Saharan Africa has a significant proportion of its population under the age of 18, its subscriber growth is expected to remain strong for the foreseeable future as young consumers reach adulthood and can subscribe to mobile services.
He said that since younger subscribers are likely to be tech-savvy and eager to adopt mobile internet services, 4G and 5G services are going to see increased adoption.
Commenting on the importance of mobile in the region, the association said: “In 2021, mobile technologies and services generated around 8% of GDP across sub-Saharan Africa, a contribution that amounted to almost 140 billions of dollars in economic value added.
“The mobile ecosystem has also supported over 3.2 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made a substantial contribution to public sector funding, with $16 billion raised through sector taxes. By 2025, mobile’s contribution will increase by $65 billion (to almost $155 billion), as countries in the region increasingly benefit from the productivity and efficiency improvements brought about by the increased adoption of mobile services. »
He further said that mobile is driving digital inclusion as it is the main way for most people in the region to access the internet.