Mobile services in Sub-Saharan Africa: trends and forecasts 2019–2024

Mobile services in Sub-Saharan Africa: trends and forecasts 2019–2024

  • August 2019 •
  • 13 pages •
  • Report ID: 4729556 •
  • Format: PDF
"Mobile services will continue to generate the vast majority of telecoms revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa, and will account for 86.6% of the total telecoms service revenue in the region in 2024."

We expect that mobile retail revenue will continue to increase in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the next 5 years, and will reach USD40.3 billion in 2024 amid regulatory and macroeconomic challenges. This report examines key trends and drivers and provides comprehensive mobile telecoms market forecasts for the SSA region.

  • commentary and trend analysis to support our 5-year forecast for Sub-Saharan Africa
  • worldwide context, regional analysis and commentary
  • an overview of operator strategies and country-specific topics, which highlights similarities and differences between countries
  • a summary of results, key implications and recommendations for mobile operators.


Countries modelled individually

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda


Mobile connections

  • Handset, mobile broadband, M2M
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone, non-smartphone

Mobile revenue 

  • Service, retail
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data

Mobile ARPU

  • SIMs, handset
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset voice, data

Voice traffic 

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU