3G growth and revolutions in Africa

By The Africa Report
Posted on Friday, 6 January 2012 10:10

The year 2011 showed the impact new information and communication technologies (ICTs) could have on the political landscape. 

Third generation or 3G technology is growing in many francophone countries including Niger, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Congo – Brazzaville.

Experts say more countries in French speaking Africa will jump onto the mobile internet band wagon in 2012.

Countries like the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and the DRC have all announced their migration to 3G.

Although smartphones are essential if one is to reap the benefits of broadband, they remain inaccessible to many largely due to their high cost.

Costing a minimum of 80 euros, telecommunication companies have a duty to bring prices down. 

In South Africa, the exchange of data accounted for 15 percent of Vodacom’s revenue, or $ 450 million (330 million euros) between March and September 2011.

Whilst this technological evolution brings comfort to everyday life, it is not politically neutral.

Afterall, i
t is no secret that instant video and information sharing on social networks buttressed the Arab revolution.

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