phones in Gabon
- According to an article on Telecommunications which was published in
African Decisions (Oct-Dec), phone use is changing.
Today Gabon is the second highest phone subscriber in Sub-Saharan
Africa per 100 habitants. South Africa has 32.35/100 and Gabon has
23.4/100. Average for Sub-Saharan Africa is 3.79/100. The last is Niger
And it's not just because of cellphones that Gabon has a high rating.
More than 85% is for cells, but Gabon is also ranked 5th in fixed-line
phones. For fixed-line phones in Gabon, the percentage is 2.95/100
habitants. The Sub-Saharan average is a peaceful 1.45/100.
- Maybe a little misleading. It's true that cellphones (and cellphone
receptions) are universally available throughout Gabon but it's not
like in the US where owning a cellphone means that everyone with a
cellphone readily sends and receives phone calls.
In Gabon and in the rest of Africa, cellphone owners must first buy
a prepaid smart card to insert in their cellphones in order to
receive or to send. For example, if you want one hour of usage you
must first buy an one-hour smart card to insert in your cellphone.
If you run out of CFA to purchase more time, your cellphone sits
Also, cellphone-usage rates are quite high in Gabon, as I recall.
Nevertheless, cellphones have dramatically changed the life styles
of most Gabonese allowing villagers to stay in closer contact with
their urban relatives and friends...and all the other good stuff for
which cellphones, similarly, are used here in the States.