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Six billion humans have mobile phones-Study

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By Robert Mugabe

newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.commobile-phones

Three out of every four human beings worldwide now have access to a mobile phone, says a flagship report on global mobile trends released today by infoDev and the World Bank.

With over 6 billion mobile subscriptions in use worldwide, up from fewer than 1 billion in 2000, World Bank says it’s a huge development. The recent World Bank study on Africa and use of ICT and Mobile phones are advancing development at high speed.

 “The Internet and mobile phones are transforming the development landscape in Africa, injecting new dynamism in key sectors,” said Jamal Saghir, World Bank Director for Sustainable Development in the Africa Region.  “The challenge is to scale up these innovations and success stories for greater social and economic impacts across Africa over the next decade.”

At the start of 2012, there were some 650 million mobile subscriptions, making the African mobile telephony market bigger than either the EU or the United States.

Some 68,000 km of submarine cable and over 615,000 km of national backbone networks have been laid, greatly increasing connectivity across Africa. The Internet bandwidth available to Africa’s one billion citizens has grown 20-fold since 2008.

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