This was contained in he latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) Mobility Report, a comprehensive update on mobile trends leveraging big data from live networks worldwide.
The seventh edition of report, which was launched some days back, reveals that proliferation of mobile technology continues at a rapid pace in Africa.
The report also predicted that 90 percent of the world’s population over six years old will have a mobile phone by 2020. Also, in 2020, smartphone subscriptions are expected to have reached a whooping 6.1 billion all around the world.
In the report, Ericsson also predicts that 85 percent of Middle East and Africa mobile subscriptions will be 3G/4G by 2020.
Speaking on this, Fredrik Jejdling, President & Regional Head of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa says: “The increased availability of low-cost smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa will lead to a rapid increase of smartphone subscriptions in the region. However, GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions willremain the most common subscription type for the next five years due to the high numbers of lower income consumers using2G-enabled handsets.”