Africa's smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth (Infographic)


As Africa closes in on 1 billion mobile subscriptions, affordable smartphones are contributing significantly in bringing more people online across the continent.

By 2019, feature phones will only account for 27% of Africa’s mobile handset market, as the market for smartphones–fueled by handsets priced under $100 per unit–continues to grow. A recent report by global technology consulting firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), predicts smartphone shipments will top 155 million units by the end of 2015 in the Middle East and Africa–after increasing by 66% during the first quarter of 2015.

Read more: Africa’s smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth – Quartz

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