The African Cellular and Wireless Report by EMC Publishing shows that African growth is at the phenomenal rate of more than 100% – twice the international average. Mobile phone companies setting up networks in Africa should achieve 100% year-on-year growth, GSM in Africa conference delegates heard last week.
Global interest in the African market is evident; many are eyeing Africa for the first time, although 43 GSM operators are already active within the continent.
So far Africa claims only 5.4 million users, with 70% of them in South Africa. But they are growing at 101% year-on-year, almost twice the global average. By 2002 EMC expects South Africa’s subscriber base to go from 3.8 million to 11 million – assuming the third operator is licensed by 2002.
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