Good report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper about the explosion of the internet in Africa. Goof focus on the economic benefits it has brought to African businesses and how it has changed Africans’ communication habits.
A few stats:
*In 2001, a sim card cost approximately $100 and local calls cost 33 cents per minute.
*By 2009, a SIM card could be bought for $1.33 (a 98.6% reduction) and calls had reduced to 24 cents per minute.
*There are more than 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria.
*In 2009, more than 31 million Nigerians accessed the web, with 30% or more doing so via mobile phones.