In a continent that has a record of over 500 million mobile subscriptions, there is no doubt that internet access and mobile connectivity is a big deal here in Africa. A report monitored on ITWebAfrica suggests that this spread will provide more opportunities for Africans.
Michael Fletcher, Sales Director sub-Saharan Africa at Nigeria’s Ruckus Wireless believes that Wi-Fi adoption is increasing in Africa as internet solution providers show commitment to developing and providing efficient services that enhance internet experience for Africans.
Every other day there is a report of an African country finding new ways to apply the Wi-Fi technology to enhance the lives of its people. Earlier this year, South Africa announced its first Wi-Fi enabled flight.
Speaking about the spread of Wi-Fi connectivity in Africa Fletcher says, “It is a growing industry and the possibilities that it provides to consumers, enterprises and operators cannot be ignored. While there have been many developments in Africa with regard to the Wi-Fi industry, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is vital that Africa continues to grow and enhance its infrastructure to keep up with the latest developments and to ensure that we keep up with global developments. This includes free Wi-Fi in certain countries in Africa.”
In Nigeria the technology is growing rapidly as more hotspots, consumer hubs that give internet connections to several devices at a time, are springing forth in areas where internet connectivity used to be a problem. According to Fletcher, “Massive investment in infrastructure has laid the foundation for what Nigeria is currently witnessing – an innovation-led internet service delivery. Previously cybercafés were the only gateways to the internet – but today people can browse the Internet anytime, anywhere – mainly through mobile devices”.