Ethiopia has the second lowest mobile penetration rate

November 18, 2012 — Ethiopia has the second lowest mobile penetration rate in Africa (17%), according to a new study released by GSMA, a group of mobile service distributors devoted to supporting the standardization of a global industry.

In its report titled, Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Observatory 2012, mobile penetration rates in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) has increased by 44 percent to 475 million, compared to just 12.3 million land line subscriptions.

Since 2011, the economies of SSA have profited from the growth of the mobile sector and its related ecosystems. An estimated US$32 billion of direct economic benefit has been credited to the thriving mobile markets, the study finds.

According to the data, Mauritania has the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa with 88 percent, while neighboring Eritrea has the lowest with 6 percent. Somalia, surprisingly, has the highest mobile penetration rates in the Horn of Africa with 35 percent.

The study also cautions high levels of government levies and regulations in SSA could be obstacles for future growth.

Country
PenetrationPopulation
Eritrea
6%
5,539,466
Ethiopia
17%
86,067,466
Djibouti
23%
918,422
DRC
23%
69,120,939
Burundi
24%
8,705,833
Malawi
28%
15,705,333
Niger
29%
16,500,502
Madagascar
32%
21,775,172
Mozambique
33%
24,338,816
Comoros
33%
768,493
CAR
33%
4,553,398
Somalia
35%
9,737,302

Ethiopia has the second lowest mobile penetration rates in Africa
 (Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) 

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