A smartphone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system which combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. Smartphones, which are usually pocket-sized, typically combine the features of a cell phone, such as the ability to receive and make phone calls, with those of other popular digital mobile devices.
The great features above coupled with the reasonable price tags is what I feel have attracted Africans and others to this great invention, the smartphone.
According to a report from GSMA, The number of smartphone connections across the continent almost doubled over the last two years, reaching 226 million.
Selling prices have dropped from an average of $230 in 2012 to $160 in 2015, according to a report published by GSMA on Africa’s mobile economy.
More than half a billion people across Africa now subscribe to mobile services, with the number expected to grow to 725 million by 2020. Within that five-year period, the monthly use of mobile data will also increase from 0.3 GB to 4.3 GB. Operators have recorded data traffic growth of more than 50% in 2015.
This growth in data use is occurring despite problems with affordability and costs, not to mention lack of digital literacy in some parts of the continent.
Some of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa include Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa. I am also very certain that these countries has contributed the highest share to this growth experienced in their continent.
Other technologically upcoming countries include include countries like Algeria, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Even at this, the African market still lags behind other developing nations in smartphone adoption and mobile broadband use.
According to the GSMA report, The use of mobile services and technologies directly contributed to $17 billion in government taxes in 2015.
In general, mobile services generated 6.7% of the continent’s GDP, totaling around $150 billion in economic value.
The mobile industry also directly and indirectly supported more than 3.8 million jobs. The 1.3 million direct jobs supported an additional 2.43 million indirect employment opportunities in the form of wages and public funding contributions.
It also stated that growth of the mobile industry is a boon for both investors and governments.
I sincerely believe Africa is on her way to becoming a tech-giant, just give us time.