Mobile technology has become a game changer in many parts of Africa, with cell phones being used for everything from transferring money to providing health care information.
According to Toby Shapshak, publisher and editor of the South African Stuff Magazine, in his TED talk on Mobile technology in Africa, ‘Mobile is the new Gold’ and rather than being a mobile-first continent, Africa can be considered to be a ‘mobile-only continent’.
This very same phrase headlined CNN’s mobile-opinion piece from Shapshak - “Already, 80% of the world's mobile money transactions are happening in East Africa, driven by Kenya, the epicentre of mobile innovation.”
Shapshak looks at various different innovative projects developing in Africa, including M-Pesa, the African SMS service that works on just about any and every mobile phone to allow people to pay bills, buy groceries, send payments, leading to a shocking $25 million a day — and 40% of Kenya’s GDP — being transferred through this African-born technology.
This is not only an opinion that is being shared by Shapshak - the entire world seems to be talking about Africa’s mobile revolution.
In a report on 'How Africa's mobile revolution is disrupting the continent', CNN looks at how in a little over a decade, Africa has become the world's second most connected region by mobile subscriptions, has shown the fastest growth in mobile subscribers in the world and, according to Informa Telecoms, will most likely hit one billion mobile subscriptions by 2015.