Inaccessible spectrum cut-off 950m Africans from Internet

Govts urged to see mobile industry beyond ‘cash cow’

Despite continued progress in the expansion of mobile service and Internet connectivity, 50 per cent of Africans (680 million people) did not use mobile phone in 2019 while about 75 per cent or 950 million people did not access mobile Internet in the same period.

Africa is said to be home to about 1.36 billion people

This access challenge has been attributed to a scarce and, sometimes, expensive spectrum, which limits operators’ expansion plans.

The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), which identified these gaps, noted that the spectrum is the foundation for mobile services.

It stressed that having sufficient spectrum allows mobile networks to reach more consumers and offer a better quality of service as recognised by governments that have assigned additional temporary spectrum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Nigeria, there are still 114 access gaps with some 25 million…

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