Going Where the Money Isn’t: Wi-Fi for South African Townships

We hear about the mobile revolution in Africa all the time… But keeping smartphones connected to the Internet is straining the spectrum in most countries, and is certainly straining the connectivity infrastructure.

Africa, for the most part, will “skip over” PCs, as hundreds of millions of people connect to the Internet exclusively by phones and tablets. But there’s an acute need for improved connectivity. The problem is that, even in the most developed areas of Africa, the deployment of strong and fast 3G and 4G coverage is lagging, and the capital that is available will flow to build out areas where there are paying customers.

That means that the outlying areas, where a lot of people live, will continue to be underserved for quite some time.