Africa and the
Mobile broadband is enjoying strong growth all over the world as the technology becomes more widely deployed. Informa Telecoms & Media reports that more than 15% of the revenues generated by mobile operators last year came from non-voice services and revenues for data services reached US$188.7 billion - a 24% year-on-year increase. However,
Africa is positioned to start catching up and Pyramid thinks the region will double its share of the global market by 2014 as rich and poor markets alike turn to mobile broadband. In addition, the market will grow faster than the global average in the next five years with the subscriber total increasing at a CAGR of 33%. That amounts to 32.2 million subscribers in the region by 2014. Pyramid analyst, Dearbhla McHenry reckons we'll also see the launch of 3G services impact the region's internet market, much in the same way that cellular calling transformed the region's voice market.