Pulse #22 - Mobilise globally: Nigerians worldwide protest to #EndSARS, Ethiopia calls upon its diaspora, UK celebrates black history month
The Data Room
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will have ~30mn mobile 5G connections by 2025, equivalent to ~3% of total connections in the region. While several attempts have been made to introduce 5G on The Continent, mass adoption is not imminent. Vodacom and MTN launched the first major 5G networks in SSA in 2020, offering 5G mobile and fixed wireless access services in several locations across South Africa. 5G trials have also been conducted in Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. With significant unused 4G capacity, and 4G adoption still relatively low, the focus in the near term for operators and other stakeholders is to increase 4G uptake, through strategies such as making 4G devices more affordable.
Numbers in the Spotlight
($1.9bn) will be the cost of constructing the Nairobi-Mau Highway in Kenya under a public private partnership deal with France
($611mn) is needed to bail out state-owned South African Airways
($500mn) will be the cost of building Trinity Energy’s crude oil refinery in South Sudan
October marks black history month in the UK, first launched in London in the 1980s to celebrate the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK. Despite the UK being home to ~2mn black people, and black people featuring in British history for the last 400 years, black history and representation continues to struggle e.g. no modules in the GCSE syllabus for the most popular exam board, Edexcel, mention black people. Whilst this marks an important milestone in the British calendar, more can be done for black history and culture to be better represented all year round.