According to the latest report by GSMA, over 700 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa remain offline and, at risk of exclusion from the emerging digital economy. That is 64% of the entire population. That’s why Talk360’s mission is to connect Africa to the world. We bridge that distance by allowing everyone to talk to friends and family globally, not to mention our pan-African payment platform, which will ensure access to the digital economy.
Did you know that the mobile internet penetration rate in Sub-Saharan Africa was 28% in 2020? The latest GSMA report on Sub-Saharan Africa mobile economy estimates that this rate will increase to 39%, which means that a staggering 626 million people will still not have mobile internet in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025.
These key facts highlight the importance of connecting rural and unconnected communities to the world, with technologies such as VoIP, which enables the caller to reach any offline mobile or landline phone number, without the receiver needing a smartphone or an internet connection.
The mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise. By 2025, mobile service subscriptions will reach a penetration of 50%, up 4 percentage points in 2020. The number of people connected to mobile internet will increase 12 percentage points from 2020 to 2025. Although a significant increase, it only represents 40% of the entire Sub-Saharan population, leaving over 600 million people unconnected.
These facts highlight the need for Talk360’s affordable international calling solutions to people who are not connected.
These are only a few interesting facts from The Mobile Economy for Sub-Saharan Africa GSMA Intelligence Report 2021.