Mobile phones to become ‘primary source of identity’ for over 3bn people

By 2024, nearly 40% of the global population will have been issued with a mobile digital identity document, Juniper Research forecasts — a total of more than three billion people.

Countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, where pre-existing government-issued identities are less common, will take the lead because mobile identity documents are simpler to scale than card-based IDs, the analysts say.

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