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Mobile & Wireless

Data to account for 22% of service revenue in Africa in 2016

Thursday 8 November 2012 | 15:10 CET | News
Data revenues in Africa will account for 22 percent of the region's total mobile service revenues in 2016, according to a survey by Informa Telecoms & Media. The study reveals that mobile data growth is expected to power a number of revenue opportunities. The business case for 4G technology will emerge, according to 70 percent of the survey's respondents, as the growth in mobile data services continues to accelerate. Informa forecasts that annual mobile data revenues in Africa will reach USD 18.5 billion by 2016, accounting for 22 percent of the region's total mobile service revenues as compared with 12 percent in 2011. According to Informa Telecoms, there remains a large constraint on the ideal of connecting Africa, adding that even the cheapest mobile phone is still not affordable for many there. The student reveals that 7 out of 10 respondents agreed that operators must use their buying power and distribution networks to make more devices available and device manufacturers need to make more affordable devices.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
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