Africans are getting better connected. In 2015, the continent had 226 million smartphone users, and forecasts show that by 2020 that number will more than triple to 720 million. This leap forward in connectivity will open doors for businesses, schools, hospitals and public administration. Journalists Mark Rice-Oxley and Zoe Flood take an in-depth look at the changing landscape of African technology and assess the challenges Africans will have to overcome if they’re going to thrive in the new “Internet revolution.” getAbstract recommends this detailed analysis to entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers on the African continent.
In this summary, you will learn
- What barriers Africa faces in access to technology,
- What economic benefits Africa stands to gain from upgrading Internet connectivity and
- What areas Africans must improve to realize the full potential of their “Internet revolution.”
About the Authors
Mark Rice-Oxley is The Guardian’s head of special projects. Zoe Flood is a freelance, multimedia journalist based between Nairobi and London, covering security, human rights, and economic and social issues.
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