International Data Corporation (IDC) News

Africa’s smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

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.

BlackBerry Z3

Robust BlackBerry Z3 sales in emerging markets, including Nigeria and South Africa, may bring early return to profitability

Late last month, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast that the growth of smartphone sales in mature markets in 2014 would slow to a low single digit of 4.9% with emerging markets continuing to soar at 32.4%. The exponential growth rate in emerging markets is now 6.5 times of that in developed countries.