Mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 20 percent to 500 million in 2013 and are expected to increase by an additional 50 percent by 2018…The rapid pace of mobile adoption has delivered an explosion of innovation and huge economic benefits in the region, directly contributing US$ 32 billion to the Sub-Saharan African economy, or 4.4 per cent of GDP. With necessary spectrum allocations and transparent regulation, the mobile industry could also fuel the creation of 14.9 million new jobs in the region between 2015 and 2020.

— Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA