Ovum Report Declares That Africa's Digital Future Looks Bright

According to Africa Digital Outlook 2019, Africa reached the 1 billion mobile user mark at the end of 2017 and is its way to achieving 1.33 billion by 2023. This information is provided in a new report from the industry research house Ovum.

According to the report, the number of 3G connections in Africa will increase by over 50% from 2018 to 2023 to reach nearly 700 million, while the number of 4G connections will sky-rocket to more than 270 million. In addition, Ovum's analysts expect the continent's very first 5G services to be launched in some markets by 2021. The Ovum team expects operators in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, and Mauritius to have launched mobile 5G services by 2022.

The report estimates that mobile broadband connections (3G and more advanced technologies) will cover 73% of all of Africa's mobile connections by 2023, according to the report.

The author of the report, and Ovum’s Practice Leader in the Middle East and Africa, Matthew Reed, said that Africa is becoming better connected, and that opens up new opportunities for growth in a range of data and digital services, including even the more sophisticated extras that will become possible with 5G.

In the first half of 2018 MTN, Vodacom, Airtel and Orange had reported that mobile data would be the key driver of growth in the telecoms sector.
Mobile money is also highlighted as a significant growth service: Orange Money and Vodacom's M-Pesa combined have more than 70 million users. Other services, including loT, digital media and enterprise digital services, are also expected to deliver strong growth in the long run.

The report advises operators and governments in Africa to make mobile broadband more accessible to consumers and businesses because high-speed data connectivity holds the key to digital service success.
The Ovum report does, however, highlight two barriers to growth. The first is the exorbitant price of data services, which affects how many consumers can afford to sign up.
The second barrier is the availability and the affordability of spectrum: This is will become more prevalent as mobile becomes the primary mode of consumer digital service access.

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