The age of affordable smartphones

[VIDEO] The Digital Torch - 2015 

We may not be alone in the mobile telecommunications business.

We are, however, unique. We enable people in some of the most challenging corners of the world to benefit from mobile. In all but one of our markets, the most common way for people to connect to the internet is via mobile phone. 

We offer people a highly developed range of products and services that are tailored not only to individual markets, but to individual clients as well.

We now have more than 53 million mobile customers, many of whom use mobile data to share information, access entertainment and enjoy music and video. 

Demand for data - a segment whose revenue grew by 24 per cent in 2016 - has accelerated smartphone sales. Almost five million of our customers are now 4G subscribers. (Q2 2017)

As we continue to invest and expand our 4G networks and facilitate the adoption of smartphones - key building blocks for further mobile data growth - we learn from our customers and we identify the trends rapidly taking shape that are changing the industry landscape. 

Families and communities are better connected; entrepreneurs can take their business to places where no banks or formal financial institutions ever existed; small-scale farmers can access weather reports or track latest market prices whilst they trade; and loyal customers can contribute to their health insurance policies with every text they send.

Our markets lie beyond the western economies. They may seem less familiar to some. To us, they promise dynamic growth potential, markets where our freedom to innovate is unlimited and where we can build original, exciting mobile digital services for our customers. 

See our Annual Report 2016