Connectivity in Africa has increased over the years. The mobile phone technology has especially spear headed rampant internet connectivity across the region.
The birth of mobile in Africa really occurred at the turn of the 21st century and by the early 2000s, mobile network operators were working across the continent to connect Africans everywhere. Opera mini, a celebrated browser celebrated its 1ooMillion opera users in Africa in November 2016.
This clearly indicates that technology is creating a more connected world, powered by great technology and services. This increased internet connectivity in Africa breaks down barriers that limit access to information, education and fun in Africa. Opera’s state of the Mobile Web Africa Report 2016 indicates Ghanaians, Kenyans, Seychellois and Mauritians are the highest data users with an average usage of over 160MB/month.
Data remains prohibitively expensive for many mobile users in Africa. This means that even if smartphone penetration is increasing, many people don’t use their devices to their full benefit. However, its still important to note that, with large number of people accessing the internet through their mobile phones, technology is enhanced extensively.
With this trends, the internet connectivity in the developing countries will steadily lead the continent to a new technological era where each corner of the continent will be connected to the global online arena. This advancement is essential to remain in the global technological spectrum and improve access to information in Africa.