Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.
By the end of the decade, there will be more than half a billion mobile subscribers in the region, up from 420 million at the end of 2016.
Among the growth drivers is the under-16 age group, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the population in many countries, and women, who are currently 17 percent less likely to have a mobile phone subscription than their male counterparts.
Mobile is now also a significant contributor to the sub-Saharan African economy. In 2016, mobile technologies and services generated $110bn of economic value, equivalent to 7.7 percent of regional GDP.