5G: Nigeria Leads Sub-Saharan Africa’s, Set To Hit 150 million

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5G: Nigeria Leads Sub-Saharan Africa's, Set To Hit 150 million

Apart from the subscription target for 5G adoption, fixed wireless, which has also seen increased usage, is expected to top 300 million connections within the same projected period.

The report’s details were recently revealed in the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

According to the projection, 5G subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa will increase from seven million this year to 150 million by the end of 2028. This increase will account for 14% of total connections.

For the time being, 4G, which accounts for 29 percent of mobile subscriptions in SSA, will lead the pack, contributing to new subscribers and connections up to 2028, accounting for more than half of all mobile subscriptions.

Nigeria currently holds a significant position in Africa’s internet space, accounting for 29% of the continent’s internet usage and 82% of the continent’s telecom subscribers.

This makes the country Africa’s most important information and communications technology (ICT) market.

According to a report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry in Nigeria contributed up to 14.42% of the country’s GDP in 2021.

“Connectivity in Africa plays a critical role in the upliftment of the continental economy,” says Hossam Kandeel, Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit MTN and Customer Unit MTN Africa. The expansion of 5G and 4G network coverage will be a major driver of innovation, connectivity, and opportunity for Africans everywhere. We