By Busayo Sotunde
Recent report has established an increase of 2000% in Internet use in Africa in the last decade. This surpasses global growth of 480%.
The growth is majorly credited to improved means of connectivity such as the declining prices of computer, links with global fibre optic cabled and the increasing access to mobile phone Internet enabled handset.
Although Frost & Sullivan Research company shows lower penetration in the country compared to the developed world (120 million user estimated); the company’s ICT business unit leader, Ms Brigitta Cederstorm, acknowledged that mature markets in Africa like South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt are experiencing the most growth.
“With the new undersea cables and terrestrial fibre rollout, as well as satellite influx across Africa, we expect to see close to double digit in terms of growth in the more mature market over the next two or three years,” she said.
Ms Cederstorm also expects that in the next two years initiatives that would connect West Africa will rise in numbers, increasing the international bandwidth with triple digit. In consequence, this will boost the data business sector by creating jobs and faster return on investment.
The research company in its report – ‘The smart year 2012’ also predicts a higher adoption rate in cooling systems and solar energy in data centers in Africa.