According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, mobile internet browsing in Africa ‘increased 13%’ between March and May 2013, according to mobile web development firm GinWiz. “
The growing availability of cheap, relatively high-powered smartphones and tablets in Africa, along with the growing coverage of WiFi and 3G networks (which will only continue to become more widespread) have made the prospects of designing sites with mobile in mind or at least having an alternate mobile version of a site, much more palpable,” Shimon Gurman, the community manager at Israeli-owned GinWiz, has told ITWeb Africa.
Global mobile industry world body, the GSMA, said last year that sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, with an average annual growth rate of 44% since 2000. Mobile connections ‘leapt’ to 475 million last year, said the GSMA. Moreover, an April report by the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) said that internet access through mobile phones is at a high penetration rate in the East African nation. “Mobile data/internet continued to dominate the internet market contributing 99.0% of the total internet/data subscriptions,” the report stated. And according to GinWiz statistics, the continent has been on an exponential growth in mobile internet access over the last year.