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Video: Mobile Stats for Africa 2012

July 10, 2012  »  Mobile & Video3 Comments

Praekelt Foundation, located in Johannesburg, builds open source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty. Their programs have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Last year, Praekelt released a short video overview of the mobile technology landscape in Africa, complete with statistics and facts. The video was one of the best designed we’ve ever seen in the African tech space. Well, this year they’ve gone and set the bar even higher.

The 3-minute mobile overview for 2012 contains an array of stats that exude excitement. After all, there are arguably more “mobile maniacs” in Africa than any other continent. And as the video points out, the African youth are “the generation that’s going to change the continent forever”.

Some of the stats you’ll find:

  • the average African woman checks her phone 82 times per day (but only touches her hair 37 times)
  • 65% mobile penetration in Africa
  • there are more mobiles in Uganda than there are lightbulbs
  • Africa is the second biggest mobile market in the world and is the fastest growing
  • smartphones outsell computers 4 to 1
  • 50+% of Internet connections are mobile
  • investment in infrastructure will be $1.5b by 2015 (up from $355m in 2009)
  • mobile helps drive economy (part of the 5% average annual GDP growth is due to mobile)
  • 50% of Africa is younger than age 20 (mobile generation)

The group created this video to spread the word of how mobile is improving the way Africans live. Hopefully it can recruit more advocates for the power of mobile technology.