Cape Verde has 90.5 pct mobile telephony penetration rate

Telecoms

Cape Verde’s mobile telephone service posted growth of 9.6 percent year on year in the first half of 2013 with over 457,000 subscribers in a country with a population of 505,000, according to figures from the National Communications Agency (ANAC).

Figures for the first half of 2013 published Friday showed that the whole communications sector posted growth in the period, according to ANAC’s chairman, David Gomes.

Noting that, “despite the financial crisis,” the communications sector continues to grow in Cape Verde, mainly in terms of mobile services, Gomes said that one of ANAC’s aims was to reach a penetration rate of 100 percent. It currently stands at 90.5 percent.

ANAC also said that, with the introduction of broadband in Cape Verde, the number of Internet service subscribers “had more than quadrupled” in the last three half years, and now stands at over 118,000, with most people using “smart phones”.

These figures, according to the chairman of ANAC, show that in terms of electronic communications, “Cape Verde is well-positioned within Africa.”