More than half of mobile users in five African countries check their phones within five minutes of waking up. But there’s more to that story.
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Mobile network subscribers in countries surveyed view the actual or perceived reliability, coverage and speed of the voice/data network as the most important criteria for choosing an operator; price comes fourth
Nigeria invested $3.4 billion in telecommunications networks in 2005; Kenya came in second at just under $1 billion, and Egypt third at $527 million.
Leading Africa is Seychelles at 89.2 subscribers per 100 people, followed by Gabon at 87.6. But rates fall very quickly after that; just nine countries in total have rates of more than 50 subscribers per 100.
Mobile signal is near universal in Tunisia, South Africa, Botswana and Mauritius, and scanty in Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Eritrea.