Mobile data will be the key growth driver for the East African telecoms market in the next five years to 2022, per Ovum’s new Forecaster data service.
The forecast for mobile broadband (MBB) in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda is 112 million subscriptions at end-2022 (see infographic), while the forecast for MBB in all nine East Africa countries is 186 million subscriptions at end-2022.
The growth of mobile broadband will be powered by increased deployment and upgrade of 3G and 4G LTE networks, as well as a rise in smartphone penetration due to better affordability. Furthermore, there has been a sharp rise in demand for broadband services from consumers in the region fuelled by the ongoing digital transformation.
Ovum forecasts that there will be 32 million LTE subscriptions in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by 2022, while smartphone connections will be 108 million.