GSM Association (GSMA) News


Virgin, Vodacom and BUA Group eye former Etisalat Nigeria unit

Virgin Mobile and Vodacom, as well as Bua Group, are among companies interested in acquiring 9mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, according to ThisDay.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Mobile contributes $110 billion to Sub-Saharan African economies: Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya, where the majority of wireless payments are being done through the nation’s biggest telecommunications company, Safaricom Ltd.

iHub, Nairobi, Kenya

A few things we learned about tech hubs in Africa: GSMA (Infographic)

The last mapping exercise done by the World Bank in September 2015 listed less than 120 tech hubs in Africa. As of July 2016, GSMA’s research suggests there are 314 active tech hubs in Africa.

Mobile Economy - Africa 2016: GSMA

The mobile economy - Africa 2016: GSMA (Infographics & Report)

At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people. The region’s three dominant markets – Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa – together accounted for around a third of the region’s total subscriber base.

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy (Infographic)

Africa now has half a billion mobile users, and the mobile ecosystem added $153-billion to the African economy in 2015, according to a new GSMA study, which predicts smartphone numbers will triple in the next five years.

4G connectivity could drive a new era of productivity for African entrepreneurs

4G connectivity could drive a new era of productivity for African entrepreneurs

Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecoms infrastructure has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, thanks to new undersea cables, national fibre links and mobile data services.

Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom Group

Smartphone boom will drive African data explosion: Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom Group (Video)

Cheap smartphones could drive a data revolution in Africa, according to the CEO of one of Africa’s biggest cellphone operators.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God annual convention campground near Mowe, on the outskirts of Lagos. Credit:

Church business goes digital in Africa

Mania for Africa-produced mobile apps has spread to the continent’s churches. Almost half of sub-Saharan Africans will be mobile phone users by 2020, according to research by industry body GSMA. Half of those will be smartphone users.


Smartphone boom on the horizon for sub-Saharan Africa

The mobile revolution in sub-Saharan Africa is far from over.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Africa fast off blocks in adopting Internet of Things (IoT)

The bulk of mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are now in developing countries, including in Africa, according to a mobile operators’ trade body, helping leapfrog technological development in Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing robust growth in number of unique mobile subscribers, number of connections, and penetration rates

The mobile economy - Sub-Saharan Africa 2014: GSMA (Report)

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been the fastest growing region over the last five years, in terms of both unique subscribers and connections. By June 2014, there were 329 million unique subscribers, equivalent to a penetration rate of 38%.

Mobile phone use in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa will have half a billion mobile subscribers by 2020

Africa is a mobile continent. It’s something we’ve heard so often that it’s become a cliche. Like many cliches however it’s based in truth.

Sub-Saharan Africa is fastest growing mobile market region

Sub-Saharan Africa is the world's fastest-growing mobile region

Saharan Africa is the fastest growing region in the world in terms of mobile connections and usage, a GSMA official said on Thursday.

Mobile money use in Africa

Mobile money in Africa: The next generation

Africa has forged a reputation as a global leader in mobile financial services.

Slim SIMs Illustration

Disrupting mobile banking in Kenya: Slim SIMs

EQUITY Bank, whose micro-loans offerings have helped increase the number of Kenyans using formal financial services, is looking to break into Kenya’s booming mobile telecoms market.

Equity Bank

Banks Vie for a Piece of Africa's Mobile Banking Market

George Kabiria, who makes decorative sculptures for this city’s lush garden homes, recently sold a small iron frog to a customer through M-Pesa, Kenya’s most popular mobile-payments service.

Samsung Africa

Samsung to invest in South African plant to capitalize on Africa, the world's fastest-growing mobile phone market

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world’s largest smartphone maker, will open a plant in South Africa, a Trade and Industry Department official said.

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank

Equity Bank-Airtel Partnership and Other Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) Compete for Mobile Money Share in Africa with Established Players

Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are set to shake things up and challenge established players in the African telecom market.