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phones in Gabon

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  • jonathonwithano
    According to an article on Telecommunications which was published in African Decisions (Oct-Dec), phone use is changing. Today Gabon is the second highest
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 8, 2002
      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
      with .21/100.

      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.
    • Bob Utne <bobutne@aol.com>
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 8, 2002
        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
        unused.

        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.
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