The cost of smartphones is no longer the main obstacle to broadband adoption on MTN Africa’s network

Among all of MTN’s operations in Africa, only Swaziland has a higher number of active data users than number of smartphones on the network (data for Botswana was not available). This implies that smartphone affordability is no longer the main obstacle to mobile broadband use, given that some smartphone owners are not active data users. In Liberia, there are even 3 times more smartphones on the network compared to active data users. For rural Africa, in particular, there are several reasons why smartphone owners may not use data or do so only intermittently. One is mobile broadband coverage. Some smartphone […]

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