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Olivia Hawkins

MTN Group

Is Africa ready for the digital revolution?

Does Africa really have the wealth and access (to devices and networks) to join the digital revolution? Average internet penetration on the continent hovers at 17%, access to electricity for SSA is under 25%, and middle class incomes are vulnerable to political, economic and natural disasters. If Africa is no longer rising (Nestlé's admission earlier this year that it overestimated the size of Africa’s middle class, and Standard Bank's 2014 estimate that the proportion of low incomes households across Africa is around 86%) what does that mean for digital in Africa? Or is it that the digital revolution in Africa will be different, unique? - How will this continent of very different countries tackle digital? - Will digital lifestyle in Congo mean something quite different to digital lifestyle in Germany?

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