12 August 2011

Smartphones will drive Africa’s Internet uptake

Affordable smartphones, together with the falling mobile data tariffs, are set to drive an Internet adoption wave across Africa.

That’s according to Craige Fleischer, the Regional Director for Southern Africa at Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry device.

Fleischer says the next phase in the development of the continent’s mobile market is mobile Internet.

RIM has witnessed huge growth in the usage of data services among its African customers- small businesses and large private and public sector companies, he says.

According to an Informa Telecoms and Media report, there will be about 265 million data subscribers in Africa by 2015, up from the current 12 million subscribers.

Smartphones such as the BlackBerry smartphone will play a vital role in boosting data access in South Africa and other parts of Africa by bringing affordable online data plans.

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