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Mobile connections, including M2M 0,000,000,000 4.70% 5881733549,6047608816,6187688281,6318823710,6406075956,6462120612,6537248397,6634603844,6727169291,6844807835,6926654520,7046764905

Unique mobile subscribers 0,000,000,000 4.76% 2963311341,3024819646,3084597262,3135540581,3179605517,3227342576,3286608454,3347646789,3412175186,3484316136,3537778317,3589276218

Revenue/year $1.06T 2.18% 253.4,246.3,254.3,261.7,268.7,263.2,273.6,280.4,288.7,283.5,288.7,294.2

ARPU/month $10.25 -2.78% 22.9249,23.0997,22.5201,21.7655,20.1896,19.9962,19.7455,19.0843,17.4726,17.5529,17.3826,17.0023,16.0668,16.1121,16.0235,15.6769,14.8422,14.9382,14.8861,14.5810,14.1365

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The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly a tenth of the global mobile subscriber base and is expected to grow faster than every other region over the next five years. The mobile industry plays an increasingly important role in the social and economic development of the region: mobile connectivity has become the main platform for innovation and the driving force for greater inclusion, while the mobile ecosystem, including mobile network operators and device vendors, contributes significantly to economic growth and jobs.

The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2017

The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2017

The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2017


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