Mobile phones boom in Tanzania [BBC]

The enormous growth of mobile phones in Tanzania is helping to close the digital divide between Africa and the West.

Mobile phones seem to have created a new sector of the economy, and some now wonder if the emphasis on the internet when looking at the digital divide was wrong-headed.

Len Waverman, an economics professor at London Business School, says: “The digital divide that we thought was really very big between Africa and the rest of us in the Western world is really diminishing, and it’s the mobile phones doing it, not the PC.”

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