One in fifty Africans had access to a mobile phone in 2000 and by2008 the figure was one in three. This is a revolution in terms of voice communication, especially for areas where land lines werestill rare at the end of the 20
century. …this new technology is(re)shaping social realities in African societies and how Africansand their societies are, in turn, shaping the technologies of communication.
Given its pervasiveness inAfrica, mobilecommunicationis speculated to be the region’ssecond most-used informationandcommunication technology in the 21
century – besides radio.
Bythe end of 2009, there were 454.8 million mobile phonesubscribers in Africa.
Yet, the horizon appears very bright and
See Gender Assessment of ICT Access and Usage in Africa, volume 1 2010 PolicyPaper 5; sourced from Research ICTAfrica:http://www.researchictafrica.net/new/images/uploads/Gender_Paper_May_2010.pdf (accessed on November 2, 2010)
Although the global credit crunch reared its ugly head in the African telecom sectorin 2009, the region recorded consistent impressive growth record, having 22 per centgrowth fact sheet in 2009, 35 per cent in 2008 and 42 per cent in 2007. Read furtherin
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