Mobile phones have transformed life in Africa

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Africa claims to be the “mobile phone continent” of the world. More than half of the population owns a mobile phone, while landline telephones have rarely existed on the continent. It’s estimated than just two per cent of all Africans have a landline, while in the US, 60 per cent are still connected to a landline.

It was predicted that at the end of 2014 nearly 600 million Africans owned a mobile phone, and it’s this mobile phone generation who are causing a surge in entrepreneurship.Considering that in 2000 just one per cent of the African population owned a mobile phone, it becomes evident that this increase is staggering. While disparity still exists here, mobile phone usage is helping to even out the playing field a little – for example in 2014, 92 per cent of adult Tanzanians sent a least one text. Read more

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