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Is Facebook Wasting its Time Trying to Connect Africa?

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Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb here. I’m betting that when you hear the word “Africa,” the image that pops into your head is something like this.

 

And you think, what can possibly be the point of Facebook here. Am I right?

If so, you need to let go of that image. Behold modern Africa:

Africa is fast becoming increasingly urbanized and increasingly modernized. There are already hundreds of millions of Africans on the Internet. Telecommunications is expanding faster in Africa than anywhere else on the planet. Huge capital outlays are being made to bring wireless communications to Africa.

See also: Useful Internet Users Statistics for Africa

In the next decade, internet usage in Africa will explode. The first companies past the gate are likely to be incredibly successful. If you’re an Internet company whose revenue model depends on an ever-increasing user base, you would be incredibly stupid and shortsighted not to invest in Africa.

This response to a question on quora originally appeared on quora by Franklin Veaux, a technology enthusiast, mad engineer, and tech startup founder.

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Useful Internet Users Statistics for Africa

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This post highlights internet users statistics for the Africa, stating the internet user population for the countries on the continent and useful insights on Facebook subscribers.

The information presented below is from Internet World Stats, sourced from Miniwatts Marketing Group.

AFRICA 2017 POPULATION AND INTERNET USERS STATISTICS FOR 2017

AFRICA

Population
(2017 Est.)

Internet Users
31-Dec-2000

Internet Users
30-June-2017

Penetration
(% Population)

Internet
Growth %
2000 – 2017

Facebook
subscribers
30-Jun-2017
Algeria

41,063,753

50,000

18,580,000

45.2 %

37,060.0 %

18,000,000

Angola

26,655,513

30,000

5,951,453

22.3 %

19,738.2 %

3,800,000

Benin

11,458,611

15,000

1,375,033

12.0 %

9,066.9 %

800,000

Botswana

2,343,981

15,000

923,528

39.4 %

6,056.9 %

690,000

Burkina Faso

19,173,322

10,000

2,684,265

14.0 %

26,742.7 %

600,000

Burundi

11,936,481

3,000

617,116

5.2 %

20,470.5 %

450,000

Cabo Verde

533,468

8,000

256,972

48.2 %

3,112.2 %

210,000

Cameroon

24,513,689

20,000

6,128,422

25.0 %

24,445.9 %

2,100,000

Central African Rep.

5,098,826

1,500

246,432

4.8 %

16,328.8 %

66,000

Chad

14,965,482

1,000

748,274

5.0 %

74,727.4 %

170,000

Comoros

825,920

1,500

65,578

7.9%

4,271.9 %

60,000

Congo

4,866,243

500

400,000

8.2 %

79,900.0 %

400,000

Congo, Dem. Rep.

82,242,685

500

5,107,271

6.2 %

1,021,354.2 %

2,100,000

Cote d’Ivoire

23,815,886

40,000

6,318,355

26.5 %

15,695.9 %

2,400,000

Djibouti

911,382

1,400

180,000

19.8 %

12,757.1 %

180,000

Egypt

95,215,102

450,000

37,333,841

39.2 %

8,196.4 %

33,000,000

Equatorial Guinea

894,464

500

212,704

23.8 %

42,440.8 %

67,000

Eritrea

5,481,906

5,000

71,000

1.3 %

1,320.0 %

63,000

Ethiopia

104,344,901

10,000

16,037,811

15.4 %

160,278.1 %

4,500,000

Gabon

1,801,232

15,000

865,492

48.1 %

5,669.9 %

470,000

Gambia

2,120,418

4,000

392,277

18.5 %

9,706.9 %

220,000

Ghana

28,656,723

30,000

9,935,286

34.7 %

33,017.6 %

4,000,000

Guinea

13,290,659

8,000

1,302,485

9.8 %

16,181.1 %

950,000

Guinea-Bissau

1,932,871

1,500

84,000

4.3 %

5,500.0 %

84,000

Kenya

48,466,928

200,000

43,329,434

89.4 %

21,564.7 %

6,200,000

Lesotho

2,185,159

4,000

597,860

27.4 %

14,846.5 %

290,000

Liberia

4,730,437

500

395,063

8.4 %

78,912.6 %

330,000

Libya

6,408,742

10,000

2,800,000

43.7 %

27,900.0 %

2,800,000

Madagascar

25,612,972

30,000

1,300,000

5.1 %

4,233.3 %

1,300,000

Malawi

18,298,679

15,000

1,758,503

9.6 %

11,623.4 %

720,000

Mali

18,689,966

18,800

2,212,450

11.8 %

11,668.4 %

1,000,000

Mauritania

4,266,448

5,000

770,000

18.0 %

15,300.0 %

770,000

Mauritius

1,281,353

87,000

803,896

62.7 %

824.0 %

630,000

Mayotte (FR)

253,068

n/a

107,940

42.7 %

n/a

56,000

Morocco

35,241,418

100,000

20,535,174

58.3 %

20,435.2 %

12,000,000

Mozambique

29,537,914

30,000

5,169,135

17.5 %

17,130.5 %

1,400,000

Namibia

2,568,569

30,000

797,027

31.0 %

2,556.8 %

520,000

Niger

21,563,607

5,000

931,548

4.3 %

18,531.0 %

280,000

Nigeria

191,835,936

200,000

91,598,757

47.7 %

45,699.4 %

16,000,000

Reunion (FR)

873,356

130,000

390,000

44.7 %

200.0 %

390,000

Rwanda

12,159,586

5,000

3,724,678

30.6 %

74,393.6 %

490,000

Saint Helena (UK)

3,970

n/a

2,000

50.4 %

n/a

2,000

Sao Tome & Principe

198,481

6,500

55,575

28.0 %

755.0 %

38,000

Senegal

16,054,275

40,000

4,119,527

25.7 %

10,198.8 %

2,300,000

Seychelles

97,539

6,000

55,119

56.5 %

818.7 %

48,000

Sierra Leone

6,732,899

5,000

792,462

11.8 %

15,749.2 %

310,000

Somalia

11,391,962

200

900,000

7.9 %

449,900.0 %

900,000

South Africa

55,436,360

2,400,000

29,935,634

54.0 %

1,147.3 %

16,000,000

South Sudan

13,096,190

n/a

2,179,963

16.6 %

n/a

180,000

Sudan

42,166,323

30,000

11,806,570

28.0 %

39,255.2 %

3,000,000

Swaziland

1,320,356

10,000

436,051

33.0 %

4,260.5 %

160,000

Tanzania

56,877,529

115,000

7,394,079

13.0 %

6,329.6 %

6,100,000

Togo

7,691,915

100,000

869,956

13.0 %

770.0 %

340,000

Tunisia

11,494,760

100,000

5,848,534

50.9 %

5,748.5 %

5,800,000

Uganda

41,652,938

40,000

19,000,000

45.6 %

32,457.8 %

2,200,000

Western Sahara

596,021

n/a

27,000

4.5 %

n/a

23,000

Zambia

17,237,931

20,000

5,192,284

30.1 %

25,861.4 %

1,400,000

Zimbabwe

16,337,760

50,000

6,722,677

41.1 %

13,345.4 %

850,000

TOTAL AFRICA

1,246,504,865

4,514,400

388,376,491

31.2 %

8,503.1 %

160,207,000

Rest of World

6,272,524,105

83.4 %

3,497,191,128

55.8 %

90.0 %

1,819,496,530

WORLD TOTAL

7,519,028,970

100.0 %

3,885,567,619

51.7 %

100.0 %

1,979,703,530

NOTES: (1) Africa Internet Statistics were updated in June 30, 2017. (2) Africa Facebook subscribers are in June 30, 2017. (3) CLICK on each country name for further data on individual countries and regions. (4) Africa Population numbers are mid-year 2017 estimates, based on data from the United Nations Population Division. (5) For definitions, navigation help and methodology, see the site surfing guide. (6) Africa Internet usage information comes from, among others, data published by WWW, ITU , Facebook, and other trustworthy sources. (7) For Internet growth comparison purposes, baseline Internet usage data for the year 2000 is also displayed. (8) Data from this table may be cited, giving the due credit and establishing a link back to internetworldstats.com Copyright 2017, © Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide.

Source: Internet World Stats

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How to Justify Buying the New $1,000 iPhone X, in One Chart

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Buying a cup of coffee every day could be twice as expensive as the daily cost of your iPhone.

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Customers look at their iPhones inside the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 21, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Compared to your daily cup of coffee, getting the new iPhone X might seem like a big investment.

Buying a cappuccino at Starbucks, for example, will run you about $3. That seems like nothing compared to the $699 starting price for the iPhone 8, or the iPhone X’s $999 price tag.

Unless, that is, you break the cost of your iPhone down by day.

In the US, the average smartphone owner keeps their phone for 22.7 months — about 690 days — before upgrading.

That makes the cost of the iPhone 8 a little more than $1 a day, after factoring in sales tax. Even if you upgrade every year using Apple’s iPhone upgrade program, the daily cost is only a few cents more.

And considering the typical cellphone user touches his or her phone 2,617 a day, the value you get for your phone almost certainly exceeds that of your cup of coffee.

Other services you may use regularly, like your gym membership or streaming services, work out to less than a dollar per day. The mattress you sleep on may cost less than two quarters each night.

Puts that daily cup of coffee in perspective, doesn’t it?

Still, most people spend 70% of their budget on more expensive costs, like housing, transportation, and food. But cutting back in a few key areas could help you maximize the amount of money you’re saving today.

That’s not to say that coffee has to go, but taking a different view of your spending habits can better inform the decisions you make.

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The value you get for your phone almost certainly exceeds that of your cup of coffee. (Skye Gould/Business Insider)

Source: Business Insider   by Lauren Lyons Cole

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Reveals He’s No Longer an Atheist

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Mark Zuckerberg is a true believer again.

The Facebook founder, who formerly identified as an atheist, revealed last week that religion has come back into his life in a holiday post.

He posted a short message on Facebook wishing his followers a: “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me!”

One of his devout fans questioned his religious views, writing in a comment, “Aren’t you an atheist?”

And Zuckerberg responded.

“No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg’s wife is a practicing Buddhist, which he has taken interest in. He even said a prayer in front of the Wild Goose Pagoda — a Buddhist landmark in Xi’an, China — during a 2015 visit.

“Priscilla is Buddhist and asked me to offer a prayer from her as well. Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time. I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply,” he wrote in a post that included a photo of him kneeling in front of the pagoda.

Source: New York Post

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