Despite a relatively small population of just 50 million people, South Africa is the largest smartphone market in the whole Africa Middle East region. It is bigger than even populous Nigeria and Egypt. South Africa benefits from relatively high GDP-per-head, above-average 3G subscriber penetration, and extensive distribution channels in urban and rural areas. We forecast smartphone sales to grow +54% in South Africa in 2012, well above the regional +46% average. More detail can be found in this published report -- available to download by clients of our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service -- which forecasts smartphone sales for 88 countries worldwide, including 16 countries in Africa & Middle East, from 2007 to 2017.