Ericsson, a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company, forecasts that 5G mobile subscriptions will hit 70 Million in Sub-Sahara Africa by 2026. This is according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report for June 2021
According to Todd Ashton, the firm’s Vice President and in charge of South and East Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa will experience sustained growth in mobile broadband, driven by its youthful population, affordable smartphone devices and improved coverage.
He projects that by 2025, online activities will increase, leading to increased economic growth and more an acceleration in Africa’s digital inclusion.
Ericsson recently unveiled two reports that feature data on 5G in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.
The report says Mobile phone penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to hit 76 per cent over the next five years.
The Global Telecom Market Report (GTM) says consumers in Africa will increase the time they spend online by 10 hours a week by 2025. It says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online activities such as education shopping have been on the rise. These activities are expected to remain high even after the pandemic has passed.
Ericsson says that although COVID-19 has caused significant uncertainties, more than 160 service providers have launched the new network during this period.
The Swedish company, headquartered in Stockholm, has about 140 commercial network agreements or contracts and more than 80 live networks.