September 30, 2010 / 7:27 AM / 7 years ago

Nokia sees mobile surge in Africa

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia expects to see a surge in mobile usage in Africa over the next three or four years, giving it access to more new customers over the period than in China and India.

<p>The Nokia N8 smartphone is displayed in Espoo, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/LEHTIKUVA/Heikki Saukkomaa</p>

“We are going to have in Africa by 2014 more than 300 million new subscribers; that’s more than in India and China together,” Esko Aho, head of corporate relations and responsibility, said at an industry conference in Helsinki.

“In Africa we have great potential for increasing mobile penetration,” Aho said.

Nokia expects mobile penetration in Africa to reach 69 percent in 2014, compared with 39 percent in 2008.

Nokia controls more than 50 percent of the cellphone market in many African countries.

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