Africa is Fastest-Growing Mobiles Market World-wide

This is one of those “it’s always high growth when you start from zero” examples, but it is still an interesting factoid:

According to an ITU report to be released May 3rd, Africa is now the fastest-growing mobiles market in the world. Mobile subscriber numbers in Africa have increased by over 1000% between 1998 and 2003 to reach 51.8 million. Mobile user numbers have long passed those of fixed line, which stood at 25.1 million at the end of 2003.