Petrol powers mobiles across African continent

@ 2013/10/04
Three out of the seven billion people on the planet still lack basic services, said Andile Ngcaba, the CEO of investment firm Convergence. And that’s having an impact on the way people use technology.

The South African entrepreneur said that in 1990 there were more telephones in Manhattan than in the entire African continent. Africa has just over 700 million mobile phones and a population of around a billion people, although the entire territories of the USA, China, India and Europe could fit into the continent’s boundaries.

Of the billion people who live there, 65 percent live rurally, 68 percent use Twitter to monitor news, and there are over 49 million African users, he said.


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