Why aren’t the unconnected being connected?

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According to figures published by the GSMA in July, Africa is still the least developed region in the world for mobile connectivity and adoption. At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people.

Over the next five years, an additional 168 million people will be connected by mobile services across Africa, reaching 725 million unique subscribers by 2020.

However, that still leaves some 400 million people not covered by a mobile network. Building rural networks in Africa continues to be a challenge with low ARPUs and logistical issues making the business model unattractive for most operators.

This survey aims to identify some of the key technological factors preventing the rollout of rural networks:

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