Vodacom: Bridging the digital chasm in Africa

Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom launched the Africa.connected website alongside six research reports to create connections among key stakeholders to help close the digital divide.

The challenge

According to Statista, as of October 2022, the number of people unconnected to the internet and unable to reap the benefits of being connected in Africa amounted to about 864 million. In a world where our economy has become increasingly digital, remedying this is the seminal challenge of our time.

The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development estimates that an additional US$109 billion in investment is required to achieve universal, affordable, and good quality broadband internet access by 2030 - this cannot be met by the public sector alone.

Globally, public-private partnerships have proven...

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