Africa is currently experiencing a mobile revolution. Mobile phone subscriptions quintupled from 90 million in 2007 to 475 million in 2013, and is forecast to rise further to 930 million by 2019. Chinese telecommunication companies, specifically Huawei and ZTE, play a significant role in this due to their rapid expansion in the continent.
With billions of dollars of international investment flowing in, and subscriber numbers rising across the continent, Africa’s communications marketplace has now passed the tipping point from high potential to high growth. Unburdened by a legacy of installed telecom infrastructure, Africa has leapfrogged the fixed-line phase of development to go straight to mass-market mobile networks and services.