General Information

"GSM is the fastest growing communications technology of all time"

General facts, figures and growth on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM):

  • GSM is the fastest growing communications technology of all time
  • The billionth GSM user was connected early 2004 - just a dozen years after the commercial launch of the first GSM networks.
  • Today GSM accounts for 75% of the world's digital mobile market and 74% of the world's wireless market
  • The GSM Association currently has operator members in more than 210 countries and territories
  • The GSM Association represents over 600 GSM operators globally and unites the industry in pursuing the expansion and development of GSM technology
% Share of 2004 GSM Market

Global System for Mobile Communications, GSM in Africa:

  • GSM is the primary driver of telecommunications growth in Africa
  • Africa is one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world
  • Africa's subscriber base grew by 55.7% to 88.3 million in the year to March 2005
  • Africa has an overall mobile penetration of around 12%
  • By 2010 the market is forecast to exceed 248 million subscribers (massive 18% growth)
  • State owned African companies, such as NITEL in Nigeria, are in the process of being privatized
  • and attracting potential investors keen on benefiting from the growing African Cellular market
  • There is stiff competition over potential acquisition targets
Africa's GSM Subscribers Graph