African mobile phone subscribers hit 100 million mark [Mobile Africa]

The number of mobile telephone subscribers in Africa has risen from 8 million, five years ago, to 100 million, Kenya`s information and communication minister Mutahi Kagwe said Tuesday.

He said one in every nine Africans subscribes today to a mobile phone, and noted that Kenya was one of the fastest growing markets in the world in the telecommunications industry.

Speaking during the official opening of the Nokia Kenya office, the minister said mobile telephony was “not a luxury anymore in the African context”, and had become “a prerequisite” for the economic development of the region.

“Recent studies have found a link between mobile phone penetration and economic growth in developing countries, especially where fixed-line networks are sparse,” he said.

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