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This is the first article of the two-part series: “How the Mobile Phone Revolutionized Africa”. This first part focuses on Banking and Education, and the upcoming second part will focus on Disaster Management, Agriculture, and Health.

In a few years, the increase of mobile phone usage has transformed how people communicate and live in Africa. Mobile phones allowed Africans to buck the trend by skipping the landline stage of development and jumping straight into the digital age.

This is the second article of the two-part series “How the Mobile Phone Revolutionized Africa”. The first article focused on Banking and Education. This article will look at Disaster Management, Agriculture, and Health.

During the early years of mobile communication in Africa, the Short Messaging Service (SMS) was at the heart of the communications revolution. Today, the next frontier for mobile use in Africa is the internet. The number of Africans accessing the internet via their mobile phones surpasses  the number of desktop internet users, and will continue in the future. Most of the mobile devices are low-end feature phones, but the more expensive smartphones are also increasing in popularity as prices drop.

Big Data is one of the new terms that we hear regularly these days along with “Internet of Things” (IOT), “Artificial Intelligence” (AI), and “Cloud Computing”. Interestingly, when you Google the term, you can read a wide variety of definitions – which is not unexpected considering how new the concept is! 
In this article, I would like to try to provide a simple understanding of the concept from a technical point of view.

Information and communication technologies or ICT, have the potential to transform business and government in Africa, driving entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. The effect of ICTs on the African economy is impressive, but it is the way they are changing the everyday lives of Africans that is genuinely transformational.

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