GSMA Mobile 360 Series - 2019 Highlights

2019 Highlights


Mobile 360 – West Africa convened over 300 senior regional and international policy, regulatory, operator, and supplier representatives to discuss how to build the digital ecosystem of tomorrow. Discussions around infrastructure, digital policies, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, IoT, tech and society, and the rising power of the youth framed how the public and private sectors planned to create a digital society that is inclusive of everyone and sustainable.

The conference brought to life the Rise of the Digital Citizen. Session themes included:

  • An age of opportunity of a Game of Thrones?
  • Why we need to imagine different connected futures
  • What we can do to stop technology from losing societies’ trust
  • How young people are changing the face of Africa
  • Made in Africa

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Start-up Ignite Sessions

Innovative start-ups from across West Africa presented their ideas on creating intelligent connectivity across a variety of industries. Companies included AgroCenta, COLIBA, KEA Medicals, SudPay, Prepclass, and Eneza.

Mobile Economy Report – West Africa 2019

By the end of 2018, there were 185 million unique mobile subscribers in West Africa, an increase of nearly 10 million over the previous year. Future growth will largely be driven by young consumers owning a mobile phone for the first time; more than 40% of the sub-region’s population are under 18 years old.

The young consumer base in West Africa will also trigger a profound shift in consumer mobile engagement. In contrast to the voice-centric engagement of older, less digitally adept users, the consumer of the future in the sub-region will use mobile phones for data-centric, non-core communications services, such as online gaming and video streaming. This will have a significant impact on mobile data usage, which is expected to grow seven-fold across the wider Sub-Saharan Africa region by 2024.

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