Africa has the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, with mobile phones accessible to about 65 percent of the African continent. But the percentage of Africans who have access to the Internet hovers below 15 percent.
Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal and producer Yuval Lion report on Africa’s technological advances.
And despite Africa’s limited access to the Internet, bloggers are weighing in on the role of technology around Africa.
The “Geek2Live” blog writes about efforts to speed up Africa’s connection to the World Wide Web.
“ReadWriteWeb” recently completed a three-part series on social media in Africa: an introduction to the African web community, mobile innovations in the continent and the effect of more democratic media on Africa’s social and political landscape (including its role in Zimbabwean elections).
The “AfriGadget” blog cites examples of African ingenuity and invention, including a phone-based security system designed by an 18-year-old Kenyan. “Startup Africa” also provides resources for African entrepreneurs.
YouTube user “bahiaboy” posts a video about the Internet trading platform TradeNet, which provides African farmers with price updates and purchase offers over cell phones, with testimonies from both rural Africans and the platform’s developers.