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
Mobile signal is near universal in Tunisia, South Africa, Botswana and Mauritius, and scanty in Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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.