Mobile Broadband in Africa to Increase 20-foldAdded: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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Africa is definitely trying to become the “mobile continent”, with researchers predicting Internet use on mobile phones to increase 20-fold in the next 5 years. People there use mobiles for online activities normally performed on laptops or desktops in the rest of the world.
Falling prices on handsets and data, coupled with faster transmission speeds, enable social networks and cash transfer services to reach the growing African middle class, along with the remotest rural areas.
According to the recent research, voice call traffic in sub-Saharan Africa will double in 5 years, with the continent facing an explosion in mobile data. The anticipated growth is 20 times between 2013 and 2019, twice the global expansion. For instance, the researchers predict that by the end of 2014, there will be over 635 million mobile subscriptions in the region. By late 2019, this is expected to increase up to about 930 million, with 75% of mobile subscriptions being Internet inclusive. The report says that the growth will be attributed to the expansion of social media, content-rich apps and video content. As for devices African people will use to access all this stuff, they are expected to be smartphones costing below $50.
Indeed, the mobile is very important to Africa due to its relative lack of physical connectivity and access to reliable electricity. Today, 70% of users in African countries browse the web on mobile devices, and only 6% use desktop PCs. In the meantime, mobile banking provided consumers with cheaper access to their finances, eliminated the need to travel to bank branches, which are not numerous in the region. As a result, many people in sub-Saharan Africa having no bank accounts believe that mobile phones may be the only way to access financial services.
The research also mentions MedAfrica – a mobile app providing basic information about health and medicine, thus allowing people to diagnose without doctors and reduce the need for travel and the pressure on always busy specialists.
The list of sub-Saharan African countries with the most mobile subscriptions includes Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Congo and Ghana.
As for mobile devices, today the lower specification feature phones allowing to access the Internet are available for less than $20, and the price of smartphones in the next 5 years is expected to drop below $40. Samsung, Huawei and Nokia may become popular in the countries, while Apple already has 3% penetration in South Africa.
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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
|posted by (2014-06-10 12:35:59)|
|I Cant understand that people have not money for eating food but they have money for buying mobile phones|
|posted by (2014-06-10 15:37:28)|
|Not every person in Africa is starving, and not every person has no money. Oh and by the way lions don't walk in the streets.|
|@dubizzle: Your ignorance and sense of superiority is staggering. You believe you can judge an entire continent's behaviour by your prejudiced misconceptions...Well educate yourself first before writing some rather borderline racist innuendos about a collective lack of priority awareness by Africans|
|It's not racism, it is not misconception. These commenta are very VERY true. Imagine if during the Great Depression people were given free magazine subscriptions. Yes they should be allowed access to the internet, they should have every bit of fortune we have had, but they should also be allowed food without travel, and water without walking miles, and health care--which just is not an option. Think about this--The main and most important reasoning behind the lack of free AIDS medds in Africa is because these medications must be taken properly, and at exact times each day. Some of these countries have no concept of time, so the medications are useless. This project is going to cost a lot of money, and it could have been spent elsewhere, on many more things that we are lucky to call "entitlements." Food, Clothing, Shelter, Water, Infrastructure, Commerce, Health Care, etc, etc. I would try to save the lives of people before giving them internet service, which by the way, calls for computers, modems, and electricity, which they don't have. Do you realize that the people who are going through the worst lives imaginable, will never even know what broadband is, what the internet is, or that we are having this conversation and debate. There are more important things. And calling someone racist isn't going to help these people. Be careful of that word-- maybe it is you who has the prejudiced misconception|
|posted by (2014-06-11 00:52:08)|
|Spending money on a smartphone instead of food is an investment. Not only can that phone save them money it can make them money. Which of course allows them to buy more food. I saw a doc about a African who saved for years for a bicycle. He was able to carry more crops to market and get there way faster amongst other things. Improving his income and quality of life. Communication will improve there quality of life tremendously and the reasons are obvious.|
|funny people...lions in the street,is that imagination or you watched it on TV? By the way not all African countries are as poor as you think|
|just what they need, high speed connections for smartphones in nigeria and ghana and the rest of sub saharan aftrica...|
hard to believe that people still fall for the old 419 scam... thats been happening since the beginning of the internet...
they can't feed themselves but they can use ever effort to scam people.
what that proverb?? teach them how to fish, they won't bother,
teach them how to use the net and scam, they feed themselves for a lifetime.
|posted by (2014-06-11 12:21:50)|
|Don't forget they don't give you the internet to help you or because they feel sorry for you, they sell it to you, no matter how poor you are, money can always be made from you.|
|#7 fusseltier LMAO, i was going to say 419 scams on the increase then.|
So they can surf the internet, but still drink water from dirty puddles and die from contamination. When they could Google how to boil water or treat it with a chlorine product or bleach, to help minimize contamination. In Uganda there are still tribes that live in tall grass, with no huts or houses, but most likely wearing Nike t-shirts and trainers. We have already destroyed their own progression.
So famine and droughts are less important than being able to update your Facebook page while on a 5 mile hike to the nearest watering hole.
And before you rant on about how parts of Africa are so well off and have BBQ-ed all their local Lions off, why do they let so much of the rest of Africa live in abject poverty, if they are so rich and intelligent?
Please don't compare a bike to phone and internet technology.
If they used a cart to move their products to market it would be a hell of a lot easier then owning a bike and having internet!
'Lower specification feature phones allowing to access the Internet are available for less than $20, and the price of smartphones in the next 5 years is expected to drop below $40'
I paid about $40 for a cheap phone, and it barely gets on the internet.
And so many countries in Africa still have fathers abusing their own daughters. Families with ten children or more, Polluted water, lack of food, Terrorism, death, plague, AIDS, starvation, the list is endless. Mobile Internet connections are NOT the most important thing that need to be sorted out.
|I'm an American, mid-America to be exact. Please don't lump all Americans together as complete idiots, we have been subject to a media and governemt that has the main goal of keeping us as stupid as possible so that they can run as many bulcrap bills through the American congress to suck up every dime they can before our economy fails. Americans give millions to feed dogs and cats around the world while our children starve, are raped, remain uneducated, our old are tossed in holding pens waiting for them to die to relieved social security of the burden, our men and women die in wars that where all based on lies, and what's left of the bones is eaten by religion. GOD BLESS AMERICA!|
America can't change until the people see the need and decide to do something about it. We have the power to do so, we just need the spark that sets it off. Now we need the worlds help. (American Person)
|posted by (2014-06-11 19:42:48)|
|@Ogami_Itto Would it not be better to call the market on your phone before you pushed your cart 25 miles to market just to find out what you have is not needed. And that bike can pull that cart to market a hell of lot faster than you can push it.|
|The more people connected the better.|
|posted by (2014-06-14 13:14:56)|
|I think the majority of the opinions here about Africa are based on ignorance. Most of the dumb posters would be more than delighted to see Africa in a sorry state for ages.. hence the shitting on the pants that they are having mobiles phones with internet connections in Africa. Africa is not going to be poor forever|
|To the Americans You will and your weak dollar will fall in the near future and will never recover and you will wish you'd rather stayed in Africa with the poor people.|
You will be sorry my friends
|posted by (2014-06-17 02:25:33)|
|The racist comments here are absolutely pathetic. Racist cretins are becoming the minority in America and the sooner we rid ourselves of them the better.||
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