It is called the Dark Continent but the economy in Africa is growing and with it comes the age of telecommunications. With the use of submarine cables and fibre systems the continent of Africa has seen an increase of over 20% of telecommunications usage. Major internet providers and mobile service providers are opening up communication to even the remote parts of the jungle countries in Africa.
Over 90% of Africa use mobile communication devices, "Smart Phones" and tablets are leading the way. Most African countries now have DSL capability. Land lines are limited due to terrain and internal conflict is some countries, this makes wireless communication so much more important. The increase in mobile communication in some countries is over 40%. Data and voice are at an increase due to wholes sale prices for internet broadband service coming down in some cases there is a 90% decrease in service fees.
Mobile data and voice service as well as the increase in text messaging have increased the use of wireless communication. Providers like Ico and Globalstar are also providing satellite service in remote areas were cable distribution is difficult. With over 100 networks in place across the continent, Africa is seeing an increase of over 25% penetration to counties, where in some cases a telephone line was not available 10 years ago.
This increase in telecommunications has brought Africa out of the days of the Dark Continent and into the age of fibre optics and greater competition. Service providers from Europe and North America are now involved in bidding wars to lay in more fibre lines. This will create more jobs and increase wages and education, as more skilled labour is needed for these jobs.
Once again service providers are looking at unified rates for voice and data on mobile services. SIM cards are being designed to unlock different providers for different countries and rates are being stabilised. Web companies are providing rates for various countries, making communication, easier in a land that has had many difficulties in the past of coming to terms with new technology.