In Sub-Saharan Africa, there has been a 115 per cent increase in internet users from 2016 to 2021, allowing for significant development within the region.
“The minimal usage of mobile internet is a lost opportunity for inclusive growth in Africa. Closing the uptake gap would increase the continent’s potential to create jobs for its growing population and boost economic recovery in a highly digitalized world,” says World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Andrew Dabalen.
Furthermore, connection affordability and average broadband download speed have also improved significantly in recent years thanks to an increase in overall infrastructure and funding within the region. The latter advantage allows the user experience to move from basic Web surfing to a more productive experience, where one might engage with online learning or mobile payments. Many organizations and groups are helping this region of the world become more digitalized. The World Bank has funded nearly $3 billion in commitments to various digital development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. This digital transformation is increasing jobs, boosting the economy, and closing access gaps within rural and remote schools and clinics.