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Africa accounts for 40 per cent of the global population not covered by a mobile broadband network.

Only 47 per cent of the world’s population is covered by a mobile broadband network, according to the GSMA’s Mobile Internet Connectivity 2019 report.

While there has been an acceleration in mobile broadband coverage, the continent still lags behind since it accounts for a minority stake out of the 3.5 billion mobile internet subscribers worldwide.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) notes that only about 22 per cent of Africa’s population has access to an internet connection, the lowest of any region in the world.

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According to the GSMA Sub Saharan Africa factsheet, mobile data has become more affordable but remains above 2 per cent of the monthly income threshold for more than 75 per cent of countries in the region.

A survey of consumers …