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This forecast presents historical and forecast data for smartphone connections. It includes total smartphone connections, unique mobile users, and penetration rates by total subscribers, population, and unique users.


  • Globally, Ovum expects smartphone connections to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2018 to 2024, with Africa being the source of the largest amount of growth in percentage terms.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses smartphone connection growth in 67 major markets and eight regions.
  • Compare smartphone connection penetration in 67 major markets and eight regions.

Key questions answered

  • How will smartphone connections grow in the next five years? Which markets are expected to grow faster?
  • What percentage of total connections are smartphones expected to account for in the next five years?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Smartphone Connections Forecast: 2019–24