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Only 5% of African Households Have Internet Access: Frost & Sullivan

Audacious predictions and strategic plans unveiled at GIL 2013

According to current analysis by Frost & Sullivan analysis, only five  percent of households across Africa have access to the Internet.

This staggering (if accurate) statistic emerged at a Frost & Sullivan Growth Innovation Leadership event (GIL 2013: Africa) which recently took place at the Table Bay hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 200 CEOs and their executive teams gathered to share best practices and discuss the latest predictions for various industry sectors up to the year 2030.

Frost & Sullivan Chairman David Frigstad led the day's proceedings by emphasizing the importance of innovation in developing a competitive edge and driving long term revenue growth. Dorman Followwill, Partner for Frost & Sullivan, then went on to present the Mega Trends of the Mind, Body and Soul, drawing attention to the fact that business is driven primarily by human needs. "These core drivers of human behavior influence the way in which we do business," said Followwill. "They determine spending decisions, inform government policies, and also drive important family and personal choices."

Other highlights of the event included a session on predictions across the energy and power, information and communication technologies, infrastructure, and public sector industries to 2030.

David Frigstad then presented Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu with the Growth Innovation Leadership award for Visionary Innovation in Global Economic Development. He accepted the award with grace, while recognising the achievements in setting South Africa on a new course, in what was really a glorious struggle for good. "What we proved is that people have the power to overcome their most pernicious problems when they work together to achieve their goals," he said.

"We have the power to settle the Israel-Palestine crisis," said Tutu, "We have the power to ensure that poor people in the south are not left out (again) in the new north-led race for minerals and energy resources; we have the power to slow down global warming and prevent the destruction of our earth."

It remains to be seen whether the remaining 95% of households in Africa, however, will ever get their own Internet connection.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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