Lagos - Nigeria is among the markets that experienced an overwhelming growth in the mobile phone sector over the past year.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments to the country increased by more than 100 percent during the period.
The majority of the growth in the smartphone category was witnessed in countries that have larger populations but previously had low penetration rates, Nabila Popal, IDC's research manager for handsets and display solutions in the Middle East and Africa, said.
“For example, smartphone shipments to Nigeria and Kenya increased 135 percent and 112 percent, respectively, year on year in 2014, while Pakistan saw growth of 105 percent over the same period,” said Popal.
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Nigeria, with a population of more than 173 million, has 129 million active mobile subscribers, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
It is projected the number of subscribers will increase to almost 200 million in the coming five years.
Meanwhile, shipments to the Middle East and Africa saw unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83 percent in 2014, according to IDC.
The global advisory and consulting services firm announced that smartphones accounted for 41,9 percent of all mobile handset shipments to the region in 2014, up from 27 percent in 2013, with the overall handset market expanding 19,6 percent in volume year on year.
- CAJ News