How Africa Skipped Analog

In the 90s people said there were more phone lines in Manhattan than all of Africa

As crazy as that sounds, it was probably true. What’s even crazier is that by 2010 the continent led the world in mobile web adoption. And it’s currently the king of mobile money

If cell phones never came along, this may not have happened. But innovation changes the game. Deficits can get erased — or even help. 

After all, people without landlines need mobile way more than people with landlines.

We’re in one of these moments now. Generative AI et al. are reset buttons, and “legacy” industries can take this opportunity to put a new word in front…


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