Poor families living in rural areas far from the city: for the socio-economic development of the continent, the challenge is to include them in the digitization of Africa.
Mobile internet can bridge the digital divide. The diffusion of mobile technology and mobile phone connections are helping to bridge the digital divide between poor or developing countries and those which are more advanced. According to what Michael Kende wrote on “TechCrunch”, today a mobile signal reaches 94% of the population, and 48% is covered by mobile internet services.
The mobile network connects Nigeria. It is thanks to mobile technology that poor families in Nigeria can access the internet. This was highlighted in an “IT World” article, written by Michael Malakata, which reveals that approximately 25% of all those who navigate around the web with a mobile phone belong to a low income group. This is thanks to the diffusion of mobile phones and low cost subscriptions, as well as policies implemented by several African governments, which have succeeded in providing connectivity even in rural areas that are economically backward.
Microsoft’s wireless internet for Kenya. News of the project with which Microsoft aims to contribute to the development of Internet access in Kenya, in the rural area of Nanyuki, was reported by the “IT News Africa” portal. The idea is to leverage wireless technology in order to diffuse “low cost” connections in socially and economically backward areas. The initiative is part of “4 Afrika“, Microsoft’s project for contributing to the digitization of the continent.
South Africa and the digital divide: slower progress than expected. South Africa’s attempts to bridge the digital divide are not proceeding as planned, or as it had hoped. The South African government’s objectives. are to promote affordable broadband and its diffusion, also in rural areas. But getting results is proving difficult. IT Web’s article on the subject expresses the views of several experts in the industry, who point out that the country is moving in the right direction but that it is moving far too slow.