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Topic: African cellphone subscriptions (infographic)
Posted By: afrokock
Subject: African cellphone subscriptions (infographic)
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 8:51am





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Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 9:11am
Thirsty for a phone.


Posted By: Samoneisthebest
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 9:21am
This is a good thing right?

Is this a sign of progress or what people call "westernization"?

I need someone with a connection to Africa to learn me something.


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 9:29am
seems like a good thing to me...the more connected Africa is with the rest of the world, the less people can pretend like Africa is a land of resources ripe for the taking without structure or real culture.  That libyan twitter revolution really informed people.  I was just reading on CNN about how the US state dept "trolls" jihadists on twitter now....basically to even matter you have to be visible and participate in technology to be a part of the conversation.


Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 11:25am
And this is important because.....? 

I'd be more impressed if the continent had a decrease in civil wars, subjugation of women, and HIV rates.  That would be real good news.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 11:44am
Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

seems like a good thing to me...the more connected Africa is with the rest of the world, the less people can pretend like Africa is a land of resources ripe for the taking without structure or real culture.  That libyan twitter revolution really informed people.  I was just reading on CNN about how the US state dept "trolls" jihadists on twitter now....basically to even matter you have to be visible and participate in technology to be a part of the conversation.
firstly, the arab spring was a result of covert cia actions that failed in places like cuba.

2ndly: libyans along with egyptians wish the spring never happened for the fact that it has drastically reduced their quality of living and libyan no longer get their monthly stipend from gas and oil sales like before

however, im not sure this many cellphones in africa is a good thing, im also not sure if it is a bad thing, im still mulling my thoughts.


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 12:21pm
I guess it can be a step into investing more into Africa, in terms of developing apps tailored to their needs and connecting more people online.  I don't know how wireless internet is in the rest of the continent but in a small pocket of Nigeria I was in, internet connection was ridiculously slow.  I mean like taking it back to 56K and lower slow.  I heard that some of the internet cafes was no better in the area.


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 12:26pm
Afro, i just read this article and it might interest you.  i dont know much or anything on the subject so im not certain what to think.  i do wonder who owns the cellphone companies and towers?

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/" rel="nofollow - http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 12:42pm
Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Afro, i just read this article and it might interest you.  i dont know much or anything on the subject so im not certain what to think.  i do wonder who owns the cellphone companies and towers?

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/" rel="nofollow - http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/



I know one of the popular cellphone companies in Nigeria is owned by by either an Indian or Arab.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 2:15pm
thanks for the article tate

i'll get to reading in a lil while


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 2:42pm
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

seems like a good thing to me...the more connected Africa is with the rest of the world, the less people can pretend like Africa is a land of resources ripe for the taking without structure or real culture.  That libyan twitter revolution really informed people.  I was just reading on CNN about how the US state dept "trolls" jihadists on twitter now....basically to even matter you have to be visible and participate in technology to be a part of the conversation.
firstly, the arab spring was a result of covert cia actions that failed in places like cuba.

2ndly: libyans along with egyptians wish the spring never happened for the fact that it has drastically reduced their quality of living and libyan no longer get their monthly stipend from gas and oil sales like before

however, im not sure this many cellphones in africa is a good thing, im also not sure if it is a bad thing, im still mulling my thoughts.


I'm not sure what that has to do with technology as a means of informing people about what's going on there because without it how do you know unless you're there?


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 2:44pm
Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Afro, i just read this article and it might interest you.  i dont know much or anything on the subject so im not certain what to think.  i do wonder who owns the cellphone companies and towers?

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/" rel="nofollow - http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/




I know one of the popular cellphone companies in Nigeria is owned by by either an Indian or Arab.


That sucks, one of the richest men in the world is a Mexican billionaire who gained most of his wealth through telecom in Mexico and south America. Would be nice if there was an African version.


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 2:47pm
I also agree that mobile networks provide access to free speech/press that is unprecedented.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 2:55pm
Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:

Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Afro, i just read this article and it might interest you.  i dont know much or anything on the subject so im not certain what to think.  i do wonder who owns the cellphone companies and towers?

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/" rel="nofollow - http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/




I know one of the popular cellphone companies in Nigeria is owned by by either an Indian or Arab.


That sucks, one of the richest men in the world is a Mexican billionaire who gained most of his wealth through telecom in Mexico and south America. Would be nice if there was an African version.
strive masiyiwa of zimbabwe


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 3:06pm
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:

Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Afro, i just read this article and it might interest you.  i dont know much or anything on the subject so im not certain what to think.  i do wonder who owns the cellphone companies and towers?

http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/" rel="nofollow - http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/08/04/africas-cell-phone-boom-cant-trump-dire-need-for-schools-roads-power-water/




I know one of the popular cellphone companies in Nigeria is owned by by either an Indian or Arab.


That sucks, one of the richest men in the world is a Mexican billionaire who gained most of his wealth through telecom in Mexico and south America. Would be nice if there was an African version.
strive masiyiwa of zimbabwe


Nice, just read over his biography, very impressive and he's not even that old yet. It will be interesting to see what he does in the next 20 years.


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 18 2014 at 3:20pm
Originally posted by CherryBlossom CherryBlossom wrote:

@melikey--mike adenuga (ceo of globacom) is another one 
http://www.forbes.com/profile/mike-adenuga/" rel="nofollow - http://www.forbes.com/profile/mike-adenuga/




Lord why did that link also take me to the 5 richest hip hop artists with diddy on to @700 million!


Anyway, I would wonder if all these rich and powerful African ceo's have a conference like the G8? That would definitely be something to see and being that they are about business I am sure they have some great ideas on improving infrastructure across the continent vs. Some awful politician.



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