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Kenya is second in internet access across Africa

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  • Posted: March 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Kenya came second in internet access across Africa. The study was done by an American researcher and South Africa came first due to high tech development project and level of modernity.

According to the study, four out of every 10 Kenyan adults use the Internet at least daily, behind South Africa where 42 per cent of the adult population has access to the web.

The country has a massive liking on smartphones, laptops and other tech devices. This is probably influenced by the large number of tech companies like Samsung, Microsoft, Huawei and others. These companies release internet friendly gadgets every year enticing people to buy them hence.

From researcher’s view, 26 per cent of Kenya’s adult population owns a smartphone or other digital devices such as computer tablets to be placed third on the continent behind South Africa (37 per cent) and Nigeria’s 28 per cent score.

“In a number of emerging and developing countries, more people have access to the Internet and are also using it more frequently,” Pew said in a newly-published report.

“There has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations who say that they use the Internet access and own a smartphone,” the think-tank said.

Imbalance

It’s believed a man would spend most of his salary or investment on gadgets and other machines. Ladies on the other hand tend to concentrate more on clothes and shoes. The study seems to support this idea. The research claims that men are more likely to own smartphones than women.  “There are gender gaps on many aspects of technology use. These differences are especially stark in African nations,” says the Pew findings.

The digital gender gap in Kenya is at 12 percentage points on smartphone ownership as Pew reports that 32 per cent of women own smart devices while only a fifth of adult women possess Internet-enabled phones.

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Erick Vateta
Tech Editor at Kachwanya.com



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