Telecommunications and Internet Revolution in Africa

Mar 23, 2018
In common with the rest of the world, Africa has experienced a huge increase in internet use and mobile telecommunications in recent years. On average, 35% of the population as a whole is connected to the internet, against a world average of 54.4%. With a continent comprising of 54 countries, there is, inevitably, significant variation. 84% of Kenya’s population of 51 million people are internet users, while at the other extreme only 1.4% of Eritrea’s 5.1 million people are connected. Many countries still suffer from poor fixed telecommunication networks, but the huge increase in the use of mobile technology has been a vehicle for change in business, politics and society in many African countries. Social media, in particular, has been the enabler that assisted the so called ‘Spring’ movements.

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