Nigeria currently has the highest smartphone penetration in Africa, even as it is projected to have 169 million users by 2025. According to the latest GSMA Mobile Economy report on sub-Sahara Africa, the country’s largely youth population continues to drive the growth in smartphone usage. Next to Nigeria in sub- Saharan Africa smartphone usage is South Africa, which is projected to have 89 million smartphone connections by 2025, followed by Kenya with 52 million. Led by Nigeria, GSMA said smartphone adoption in sub- Saharan Africa more than doubled between 2015 and 2020.
The body of GSM operators, however, noted that smartphones still only account for around half of total connections. “Smartphone affordability, particularly of 4G devices that enable a better user experience, is a major factor behind the relatively low smartphone adoption rate and, by extension, the mobile internet usage gap in sub-Saharan Africa,” it said. Going by current growth, GSMA projected that 64 per cent of all connections on the continent will be through smartphone by 2025…
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