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Mobile internet up by 20.2% in Ghana



By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

According to the National Communications Authority (NCA), the monthly mobile internet usage market share statistics for January 2014 in the country increased by 20.2%.
The figure increased from 10,323,941 recorded at the end of December 2013 to 12,405,907 as at the end of January 2014. Mobile internet penetration for January 2014 was 47.4%.
Mobile internet subscription for MTN increased substantially to 6,725,164 subscribers to improve on its market share to 54.21%.
Airtel mobile internet lines increased by 48,499 subscribers to total lines of 1,963,799. This represents 15.83% of the mobile market share.
Vodafone gained 246,410 new subscribers that increased it internet lines to 1,861,938 in January 2014, resulting in 15.01% of the market share. However, Glo subscription increased by 6,748 subscribers to a total of 308,031, representing a market share of 2.48 %.
Expresso had 50,446 subscribers, representing a market share of 0.41%.
Against the trends, subscription on Tigo fell by 80,819 subscribers to a total 1,496,529 resulting in a reduced a market share to 12.06%.
Meanwhile, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) global report for 2013, mobile-broadband subscriptions have climbed from 268 million in 2007 to 2.1 billion in 2013. This reflects an average annual growth rate of 40%, making mobile broadband the most dynamic ICT market.
In developing countries, the number of mobile broadband subscriptions more than doubled from 2011 to 2013 (from 472 million to 1.16 billion) and surpassed those in developed countries in 2013.
Africa is the region with the highest growth rates over the past three years and mobile-broadband penetration has increased from 2% in 2010 to 11% in 2013.



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