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Even among poor, mobile Web is big in Africa

Michael Malakata | June 23, 2015
Eighty-seven million people in Nigeria browse the Internet on mobile phones, according to figures from the country's telecom regulator that confirm that even among low-income people, the mobile Web is big in Africa.

This follows unwillingness by ISPs to expand services to rural areas. They claimed that it could take years to recoup their investment.

"Traditional Internet Service Providers have failed to extend their services to rural areas resulting in telecom operators taking over the market," said Andrew Makanya, managing director at Internet Solutions Zambia, a telecom service provider.

 

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