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Mobile drives up African GDP

The rate has slowed down but hasn’t come to a stop. The growth of the mobile sector in Africa is unaffected by the crisis. In its annual report , the GSMA describes in detail the current state of the sector, then looks to the developments expected for 2020. The mobile confirms its strategic role in the African economy. VuBlog offers an infographic that highlights the economic importance achieved by this business in Africa, both in terms of contribution to GDP and from workforce employed and taxes paid.

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The Internet of Things market stronger than the smartphone industry

Thematic press review dedicated to the battle between the IoT and smartphone devices. The Internet of Things market continues to grow and is expected to overtake that of smartphones by 2018. However, it is a development trend experiencing some unexpected slowing down as a direct result of the rivalry with mobile devices.

In 2018 more IoTs than smartphones

The deadline is set: 2018. This will be the year that IoT devices overtake smartphones, at least according to forecasts by Ericsson, also taken from the website Business2Community. Thanks to an average annual growth of 23%, in little over 12 months, the devices connected to the IoT will claim more sales (in volume terms) than the latest generation of mobile phones.

Target missed

The future of the Internet of Things, however, is not all rosy. The growth rate is high, the potential is enormous, but less than what was previously thought. The promise of 50 billion connected devices by 2020 is now an unattainable dream. 30 billion may be more realistic. A setback that forced the experts to revise their estimates and their market development hypothesis, explains an article from Corriere Comunicazione.

Smartphones are to blame

What has caused this slowdown? Smartphones. Despite predictions that they will be overtaken in terms of sales, mobile devices do not want to give up the throne. What is still keeping them competitive, says Fortune, is the ability to adapt to operate services and functions similar to those of the IoT devices, with the advantage of already being familiar to customers.

A possible synergy

In fact, beyond the juxtaposition of the “market”, IoT devices and smartphones have many things in common. As a matter of fact, one could speak of real integration possibilities, as described by an article in the newspaper La Stampa, which would benefit both. The future may very well provide us with mobile phones capable of learning.

Nigerian mobile sector worth $ 13 billion

According to the Nigerian Ministry of Communications, the mobile sector in the country is worth $ 13 billion. An industry that contributes significantly to the country’s growth and on which the Government has focused a lot, in order to offset the drop in revenue from oil and gas extraction.

Nigeria focuses on mobiles

The future of Nigeria is in mobiles. It is not just a question of technology or of the inevitable progress of the population’s habits, but it is also, and above all, an economic matter. Nigeria ‘s future is in mobiles as it is a rapidly growing area which is worth about $ 13 billion today. Confirmation of this comes from Nigeria ‘s Ministry of Communications, which points out that in general the ICT and TLC business is that which the government is focusing on to offset the fall in revenues from trade in oil and natural gas. A strategy that is paying off, given that during the first four months of 2016 the sector grew by 10%.

Thirst for data

The fact that new technologies can be a good trigger for development is also shown in the data from a survey by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum which looked at Nigerians who use mobile services. The survey confirmed that Nigeria is one of the most connected countries in Africa and it has given rise to a growing “thirst” for data by Nigerians. In fact, 34% of mobile users pay to increase their data package and 45% buy more than 2GB per month.

Internet usage from smartphones is booming, especially that linked to the use of messaging apps and video viewing. Over time, the use of strategic online applications and services is set to spread considerably. 45% of respondents, for example, said that they use banking service apps while a great potential for developing those related to health services was revealed.

Mobile Connectivity Index, the GSMA report cards

The GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index, thanks to an in-depth analysis, describes in detail the situation regarding mobiles around the world. Africa proves to be the continent with the most difficulties in achieving good levels of access, despite the amount of progress made. 

Mobiles as a catalyst for development

The Mobile Connectivity index, published by GSMA, is a report that measures the level of development of mobile connections in 134 countries. A ranking drawn up taking into account a number of factors that can affect the connectivity of a country. The report is based on the belief that the Internet is a powerful tool in the fight against social and economic inequalities and, at the same time, that mobile devices are now more or less the main source of access to the net. Greater mobile development, therefore, means greater spread of the Internet and, as a result, improvements in the living conditions of citizens. There is still a long road ahead when you consider that, to date, there are still 4 billion people not connected.

How does the Mobile Connectivity Index work?

The analytical work at the basis of the Mobile Connectivity Index begins from the identification of 4 key elements affecting mobile development: infrastructure, cost of connections and online services, level of digitalisation of citizens and availability of interesting content on the web. Within these broad areas 13 elements are then focused on to be analysed (with different weightings) and 138 indicators that make them measurable. This brings us to a final overall score that determines the ranking.

The difficulties in Africa

The “mobile nation” of 2016 proved to be Australia (84.7), with the level of digitalisation of its citizens being exceptionally high. Completing the podium are the Netherlands (84.4) and Denmark (83.9). Overall, the continent with the greatest difficulties is Africa. To date, only 24% of the African population is connected, 20% is covered by a 3G network but does not have access to the Internet and 57% has no coverage whatsoever. It is no coincidence, then, that the 25 countries at the bottom of the ranking are mainly those from sub-Saharan Africa, with Niger last (15.1).

Libya, where the Internet continues to grow

Despite the ongoing bloody conflict, Libya does not seem to have stalled in its slow but steady path towards the dissemination of connectivity. According to estimates made by Internet Live Stats, based on data from the International Telecommunications Union, at the end of 2016 the Internet penetration rate will reach 21.1%, with a growth of 10% over the previous year. A pace of development that is incomparable to what the country had before the war, but which is still very significant.

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Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, the network’s 2020 horizons

The Visual Networking Index from Cisco (business partner of VueTel Italia) is one of the richest and most authoritative international  publications in the field of connectivity development. The 2016 edition sets out the details placing 2020 as the horizon. The overall result shows a world in which the Internet will have become increasingly relevant, driven in particular by the mobile sector and, more specifically, by the use of video contributions via smartphones. In this infographic VuBlog offers some of the key excerpts from the report, which detail this development trend.

Internet users:

Average annual growth of Internet traffic:

Average annual growth of data traffic from mobile phones:

Internet traffic from mobile phones: 6.9% of the total –> 18.9% of the total

Average monthly traffic from mobile phones per capita –>

Video traffic: 63% of the total –> 79% of the total

Connected devices per capita:

Average connection speed:

Vodafone recounts the mobile revolution

Vodafone has set up a multimedia studio with the aim of recounting and illustrating the story of the “ mobile revolution ”, the relationship between access to the network and the fight against social inequality. Smartphones, in the hands of the world’s most vulnerable populations, can be an extraordinary tool for social and economic emancipation.

The mobile revolution according to Vodafone

Vodafone has also had its say on the widely discussed issue of the relationship between access to the network and the fight against socio-economic inequality. And it does so thanks to a study carried out by seven international experts on the subject. The result is a detailed, graphic-rich, multimedia report, supported by video contributions (in the online version), which recounts how and to what extent the spread of the Internet on mobile devices can ensure that the most vulnerable populations have the opportunity for freedom and development. At the same time, the Company is concerned about showing public institutions and private investors how to implement a series of good practices that may provide momentum for this process.

The report consists of four chapters. The first is dedicated to an overview of the topic and the subsequent three chapters are, likewise, focused on more detailed insights (gender inequality, micro entrepreneurship, small farm holdings).

Mobiles and development

Since 1980 disparities in income and access to services have increased exponentially as a result of globalisation processes. Yet today globalisation, in its clearest expression, i.e. the Internet, may be the solution to the problem. Access to the network means, first and foremost, access to information and therefore to knowledge and education. The network also allows infrastructural barriers, often the primary cause of the denial of rights (e.g. E-learning projects and distance learning), to be overcome. The important thing, according to Vodafone, is that those public and private entities accountable continue to invest intensively in this direction.

Ericsson Mobility Report, a growing future for the mobile sector

Ericsson, in its annual Mobility Report, maintains that the mobile sector, from now until 2021, will continue to grow at a fast rate, reaching as many as 9 billion subscriptions worldwide (with 7.7 billion on broadband). It will be smartphones, more than anything else, that will make this happen. In fact, Internet subscriptions on this type of device will reach 6.3 billion. The greatest jump will be made by Asian (+1.7 billion subscriptions on smartphones) and African (+730 billion) countries.

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Free Basics, the Internet for all, continues to grow and arrives in Nigeria too

Free Basics, in collaboration with Facebook, hundreds of developers, governments and mobile telephone providers, is a platform that allows more than 42 countries to connect, absolutely free of charge, through mobile data. A constantly growing experience that has recently arrived in Nigeria as well 

Free Basics for the Internet for all

It is called Free Basics and it is the Facebook platform for the Internet for all, capable of providing users with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where access to the network is still too highly priced. In collaboration with hundreds of developers and governments, Free Basics offers access to basic websites for local users this way. In fact, if it is true that more than 85% of the global population lives in areas with Internet coverage, it is just as true that mobile data is quite costly and not always easily reachable.

Free, “to improve the life of users” 

With this platform, websites are available at no cost. This way, thanks to collaboration with mobile telephone providers, users are able to experience “the knowledge and inspiration that comes from access to basic websites, free of charge – as the Free Basics site itself reports – With the introduction of people to the benefits and advantages of the Internet through these websites, we hope to bring more and more users online and to thereby contribute to improving their lives.”

Also in Nigeria thanks to Bharti Airtel

As of today, the platform is available in 42 countries and where the African territory is concerned, just this May, Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 17 countries all over Africa, launched Free Basics in Nigeria. “Proud of this great step forward in our partnership with Facebook, bringing more people online in the most populated country of Africa and contributing to reducing the digital gap even further” said Christian de Faria, MD and CEO of Airtel Africa, as reported on the website www.itnewsafrica.com.