Africa's great 4G rollout

Countries across the continent are rapidly launching 4G networks - as smartphone use soars.
Africa, 4G, Tech, Society, Mozambique, Adoption, Business, Technology


While more people every day are talking about the adoption of 5G and its implications, 4G is being rapidly rolled-out across Africa.

A study conducted by data and analytics company, GlobalData reveals that by the end of 2018, a total of 43 out of 55 African countries (or about 78 percent) will offer 4G services.

What’s impressive too is the speed at which countries on the continent are adopting 4G. For example, Mozambique – a country with a population of about 30 million people – doesn’t have 4G yet. However, in late July, Mozambique’s telecoms regulator announced that a 4G auction will take place in the next 2-3 months – meaning services could come online in 2019. This would make Mozambique the last major economy in Southern Africa to launch 4G services.

Other African nations have also recently rolled out 4G mobile networks. In the past 24 months, Djibouti, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau have all done so, to name a few.

With trends showing smartphone usage in Africa on the rise – coupled with falling device prices – there’s a good chance 4G service will continue to expand.

The Countries in Africa yet to launch 4G services include Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Principe.

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