Nigeria overtakes S’Africa as Africa’s largest telecom market

ernest_ndukwe3.jpgNigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s largest telecom market with the highest subscriber base, Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Deputy Chairman, National Communication Commission, has said.
Ndukwe stated this on Tuesday at the “Investment in Africa Telecom Conference” in Johannesburg.
He said South Africa had maintained that lead up till January 2008.
Ndukwe’s paper entitled: “Facilitating African Renaissance through Communications Infrastructure Development” was presented by Mr Abdullahi Maikano, Head Business Development at the NCC.
He said a recent report by Wireless Intelligence put the mobile subscriber base in Africa at 280 million users by the end of March 2008.
“The African continent has surpassed North America in terms of mobile subscribers with U.S. and Canada polling 277 million users,’’ he said.
Ndukwe further said the report listed Africa as the world fastest growing mobile market today with 38 per cent growth in 2007, which put the continent ahead of the Middle East with 33 per cent and Asia Pacific 29 per cent.
He added that information and communication technology had been widely acknowledged as presenting opportunities for the creation of unprecedented economic growth in Africa.
“Most African governments have demonstrated the political will necessary to foster an environment conducive for investment in this sector,” he said.

This day Nigeria.