By: Jan Stryjak, Senior Manager, Strategy, GSMA
By the end of 2018, 5.1 billion people around the world subscribed to mobile services, accounting for 67% of the global population. Of the 710 million people expected to subscribe to mobile services for the first time over the next seven years, half will come from the Asia Pacific region and just under a quarter will come from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The connectivity gap continues to close helping the mobile industry increase its impact across all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and is spurring adoption of mobile-based tools and solutions (for example, in agriculture, education and healthcare) that aim to improve livelihoods in low- to middle-income countries.
Alongside this 4G takes the lead, while commercial 5G is now a reality; AI will be key to future business and digital transformation; the number of global IoT connections will triple to 25 billion by 2025; and while smartphones remain the focal point of the consumer internet economy, the range of connected devices (and therefore internet access channels) is greater than ever.
Find out more global and regional insights in The Mobile Economy 2019.
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