Mobility could be game-changer for African miners.
Africa currently has around 644 million mobile phone subscribers. For the vast majority of Africans, a mobile device will always be the primary way to access the Internet. Already, 70% of Egyptians, 57% of South Africans, 55% of Ghanaians 54% of Kenyans and 50% of Nigerians only access the Net via mobile devices.“Mobile communication plays a vital—and growing—role in African society and business. We’ve already seen some great mobile innovation aimed at individuals and small enterprises: the next wave will be when bigger businesses start to exploit the possibilities of mobile properly,” says Brendan Martin, CEO of Silverkeys Consulting, part of the Barnstone Group. “Mining is one of Africa’s most important sectors, and a number of factors make mobility an attractive add-on for Africa’s mines.”