Africa: Continent in the Limelight As Mobile Phones Promise More Growth

source: allAfrica
The East African (Nairobi)
Cosmas Butunyi
26 July 2010

Nairobi — As the world celebrates this month’s signing up of the five-billionth mobile phone subscriber, Africa is stepping forward to claim credit as one of the regions that have driven the phenomenal growth over the past decade.

This has been accompanied by economic growth with experts foreseeing even greater development in different sectors, buoyed by the mobile phone technology over the next decade.

From only 16 million subscribers in 2000, the continent now boasts about half a billion subscribers, according to telecommunications firm Ericsson.

The mobile phone has also evolved to take up more roles beyond just making calls and exchanging text messages.

Studies have shown that [continue reading]


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