By: Fred Yaw Sarpong (Daily Express)
The monthly mobile internet statistics from the National Communications Authority (NCA) indicates that mobile internet usage in Ghana increased by 3.97% in June, this year. This brings the number of mobile internet subscribers to 13,962,318 nationwide.
Mobile internet subscription for MTN increased substantially by 2.51% to bring its market share to 50.54%, representing 7,057,155 data lines.
Airtel’s subscription increased slightly by 0.34% though its market share decreased by 0.52% ending June, 2014.
This was as a result of increase in the month-on-month growth of data subscription base by 3.97%. Airtel data subscription for June was 2,011,797 with a market share of 14.41%.
According to the NCA, month-on-month data subscription base for Tigo mobile also increased to 1,930,808. This represents 13.83% market share of total 13,962,318 mobile data in Ghana.
Expresso has 45,816 mobile internet subscribers, representing a market share of 0.33%, the lowest among the operators.
Vodafone, for June, 2014, also experienced a similar fate as Tigo. For the month under review Vodafone market share was 18.21%. The network recorded a total of 2,542,931 mobile data subscribers.
Glo’s market share went up by 0.74% resulting in an increased market share of 2.68%.
Ghana’s mobile internet penetration stands at 52.77%, as at the end of June, 2014, compared to Ghana’s population of 26,354,769 for June.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT facts and figures reports for 2014 revealed that mobile-broadband penetration expected to reach 32% by end of 2014, almost double the penetration rate just three years earlier (2011) and four times as high as five years earlier (2009).
In developed countries, mobile-broadband penetration will reach 84%, a level four times as high as in developing countries (21%).
ITU stated that mobile broadband remains the fastest growing market segment, with continuous double-digit growth rates in 2014. Mobile broadband is growing fastest in developing countries, where 2013/2014 growth rates are expected to be twice as high as in developed countries (26% compared with 11.5%).
By end 2014, the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally, almost 5 times as many as just six years earlier (in 2008). Out of this, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world, compared with only 20% in 2008.
Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacific (23%) and Africa (19%).
The Americas region, with the second highest penetration levels, will be home to more than half a billion mobile broadband subscriptions by end 2014, and the growth rate will remain above 15%.
Although by the end of 2014 Asia-Pacific will be home to close to 1 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions, the region’s penetration rate lags behind other regions, including the Arab States and CIS.
All regions continue to show double-digit growth rates but Africa stands out with a growth rate of over 40%, twice as high as the global average.
By end of 2014, mobile-broadband penetration in Africa will have reached almost 20%, up from less than 2% four years earlier.