Three products that are changing Africa

Just sharing a post from Muyambi that resonates with a lot of other stuff I write on here. And a response to all those “Do they have x in Africa?” questions…

  1. Mobile Phone

MTNAfrica went straight for the sweet spot in the telecommunication arena. Leapfrogging straight to mobile phones to avoid getting tangled in the landline system. I remember the sight of men in khaki jumpsuits fixing telephone poles. In less than a decade, those jobs were no more. Cell phones took over. New jobs opened up. At every corner in the streets of Kampala and Nairobi, you can spot kiosks selling airtime scratch cards. In less than two decades, cell phones have become one of the most transforming assets in the developing world. It’s not unusual for people to own more than one mobile phone as a way to juggle the different networks to minimize expenditure. In the process Africa has become the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market. Beyond the urban areas, mobile phones are transforming rural Africa. Perhaps having one of the greatest impacts on development. As the…

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About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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