Togo: Only 20% of the population uses mobile internet

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Friday, 19 April 2019 18:46
Togo: Only 20% of the population uses mobile internet

(Togo First) - Less than a quarter (20%) of the Togolese population uses mobile internet, recent data from the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) shows. This trend is spread across the sub-region and rings a bell regarding efforts that need to be made to achieve digital inclusion.

Indeed, according to the association, in West Africa 61% of the population has no access to broadband even if the number of smartphone users is expected to double by 2025.  

In Togo, 19% of the population, adults mostly, are covered by mobile broadband but fail to access it via their smartphones. This calls for more efforts to improve infrastructures, accessibility, get content and consumers ready.

However, to achieve digital inclusion, a major challenge must be overcome; that is expanding broadband coverage, a high-cost process. Other issues are related to consumers’ demand.  

At end-2018, the West African mobile industry was officially employing 200,000 people and 800,000 informally. The sector contributed $52 billion to the region’s economy. This amount should rise to nearly $70 billion in 2023, according to GSMA.

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