Growth in Africa’s mobile penetration slows

Africa had more than 730m mobile subscriptions, corresponding to a SIM-card penetration rate of more than 65%, and total revenues of $40bn, said AT Kearney, adding that adoption of mobile services had been fuelled by increased network coverage and lower prices for services and handsets.

But since last year, growth in mobile penetration seemed to have “abruptly decelerated”, with subscriber growth rates now in single digits in most countries, said Laurent Viviez, partner and head of the African telecoms practice at AT Kearney. More