300,000,000 smartphones coming soon. Carlos Slim of Telmex tells me the world is about to change. “Two billion more people will connect to the Internet when smartphones cost $50. The phone makers are promising me a $50 phone in 2014.” If Spreadtrum and Firefox deliver a $25 smartphone, as promised, that could accelerate takeover.
~310,000,000 Africans will be connected to the Internet in 2017, Arielle Sumits of Cisco predicts. The population of the U.S. is about 310,000,000, Africa over a billion. It’s inevitable that the U.S. will be dwarfed by the rest of the world. In Africa, there are already about 450,000,000 mobile phone users with substantial growth continuing. Most of them will get Internet-capable phones in the next few years.
There are fewer than 10M broadband landlines on the continent, about one line per hundred people.
Egypt has 2.5M landlines, about 14% of households. Only Egypt, South Africa and Algeria have more than a million.
The Internet expansion is remarkable. Kenya is calling itself "Silicon Savannah" with an estimated 12M connections for 40M people. lat.ms/1gLNo69 98% are wireless. Dr. Bitange Ndemo as Communications Minister proposed some of the most advanced spectrum policies in the world. Building a single network in 100 MHz provides an estimated 30%-70% more capacity.