Technology & Telecoms

Digital dynasty

The application of information and communication technologies, particularly in mobile telecoms, has had a major impact on the socioeconomic transformation of Africa. As its mobile market begins to mature, African service providers are moving from securing subscribers, towards encouraging data consumption and mobile banking. This has fuelled a parallel expansion in innovators and entrepreneurs looking to ride the mobile wave, and has opened up an array of uses for mobiles in business, healthcare and education.

Sector at a glance

  • 1 billion - The number of mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 1st - Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market globally
  • 4.5 million - The number of jobs that mobile technologies and services will generate by 2020, in Africa