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  • Sub-Saharan Africa had 300 mobile internet and 778 cellular subscriptions per 1,000 people in 2017. However, there is a significant gap between subscriptions and unique users, particularly for mobile phone connections. Looking at unique mobile subscribers, only half of the region’s population is covered, with the number closer to 25 percent for mobile internet subscriptions.
  • They conclude that the potential benefits of achieving universal mobile phone and internet access are significant.
  • The World Bank’s biannual publication “Africa’s Pulse” has a special chapter on “leveraging the digital economy to eradicate poverty in Africa.”

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