Data consumption in MEA region to double within five years: GlobalData

Data consumption in MEA region to double within five years: GlobalData
Published: 23 May 2018 - 5:54 a.m.

Average data consumption in Africa is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.1 per cent and will hit 4.6Gb per user, per month, by 2022, according to a report by GlobalData. This is due to the launch of 4G, LTE, and eventually 5G, that will make these areas far more connected.

“In the Middle East, Kuwait boasts one of the largest subscriber mobile data usages in the world at 23.8 GB/month in 2017, followed by Bahrain. Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritius lead the African ranking. All AME countries will witness a double-digit data usage Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2022, leading to a regional average of 15.1%,” said Houda Bostanji, technology analyst at GlobalData.

In Africa, a host of telcos are poised to roll out 4G and LTE coverage across the region. Orange has recently rolled out solar energy kits in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and The Ivory Coast, to boost connectivity across the continent.

The GlobalData report suggests that the growth will be driven by the rollout of sub-$50 smart phones in Africa and unlimited data plans in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations (GCC – Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman).

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