“I think that connecting the world will be one of the most important things we all do in our lifetimes”-Mark Zuckerberg
Yesterday while reading Mark Zuckerberg’s proposal on connecting the next 5 billion people around the world, the question: Is connectivity a human right? reverberates in my mind as I look at the low connectivity and the issues around that in a developing nation like Nigeria- where a major problem and deficiency in infrastructure is constantly militating against the reality of such plans.
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Today, only 2.7 billion people — a little more than one third of the world’s population — have internet access. Even more surprising, internet adoption is growing by less than 9% each year,which is slow considering how early we are in its development and that it is expected to slow further.
There are more than 5 billion mobile phones in the world, with almost 4 billion feature phones and more than 1 billion smartphones. As smartphone prices come down, many people who currently have feature phones will be able to afford smartphones over the next 5 years. It’s easy to assume that when people get smartphones they’ll also have data access. It’s hard to even think of what it means to have a smartphone without data. But it’s not a given. Even though projections show most people may soon have smartphones, the majority of them still won’t have data access.
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