Nokia chief: Africa On Verge Of Mobile Tech Revolution

Written by Ann Brown

Nokia’s head of customer marketing and communications in the Middle East and African regions, said the African continent is on the cusp of the next great mobile phone innovation in 2019.

In a circular from the multinational telecommunications giant, Wuilmet said mobile subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa rose by 44 percent in 2017 and smartphone penetration in the same region increased by 75 percent.

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Wuilmet said Africa is poised at the edge of an evolution, ready to show the rest of the world what it can do with innovation and a commitment to improving infrastructure and that the leap from 2G to 4G in sub-Saharan Africa would happen faster than many expect.

“Currently, sub-Saharan Africa is still locked into 2G but this is about to change. The move from 2G to 3G requires significant investment and access to the right devices and technology, but then it becomes easier as 4G is a natural evolution,” said Wuilmet.

Wuilmet said the move towards 4G would allow more people to experience the benefits of 3G and 4G in terms of connectivity, efficiency and mobile capabilities.

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Wuilmet said the move towards 4G would allow more people to experience the benefits of 3G and 4G in terms of connectivity, efficiency and mobile capabilities.

“People in Africa are increasingly connected, and most market players are focused on bringing this connectivity into rural areas and all aspects of society,” he said.

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About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.