Africa has seen increased communication blackouts in recent times, especially during times of elections, protests and political unrest. Shutting down social media has greater repercussions than the temporary limitation of communication which governments have imposed.
SA’s telecommunications sector is regarded as one of the most advanced in Africa, with high mobile penetration, growing internet penetration and significant growth in connectivity infrastructure in the past decade. However, the sector faces numerous challenges, including the high cost of data, as evidenced by the #DataMustFall movement.
Facebook is now almost pervasive, in use by 97% of brands, from 91% the year before. Twitter has increased marginally, from 88% to 90%, while LinkedIn and Instagram continued their relentless rise, now both standing at 72%. YouTube has fallen slightly behind them, despite a marginal rise to 68%.
Open Africa speaks to one of Africa's most innovative entrepreneurs and game-changers, Jason Njoku about life, business and the secret to a good life.