Ability To Afford Smartphones Is Biggest Barrier To Digital Inclusion In Africa
22 May 2020
According to the Sub-Saharan Africa Chief for the GSMA, Akinwale Goodluck, the most significant challenge that Africa's have with enabling digital inclusion is access to smartphones, even the most basic ones.
"Even as consumers on the continent desire quality smartphones and all the data services featured it enables, affordability is still a major problem," he said.
Addressing the issue during a recent online stakeholders forum on "Mobile broadband inclusion in Africa", key social stakeholders, especially the governments, was urged to rise to the challenge.
Measures such as effective taxation and market intervention policies and strategies can help bring smartphones to all and sundry and thereby fast-tracked digital inclusion in Africa.
The case in Kenya was highlighted, where the mobile network Safaricom and Google are in collaboration to help "low-income earners" purchase 4G smartphones more easily, with the expectation that more than a million Kenya's could be brought online with this initiative.