For those of us who have a smartphone and have access to the internet 24/7, with all the information that is out there and all the possibilities that it gives us, we tend to take the benefits for granted after a while.

We have to remember that the majority of the 6.7 billion mobile subscriptions around the globe – around 4.5 billion – are still for basic phones, with 1.9 billion for smartphones and 300 million for mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers.

At the end of 2012, the smartphone penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa was 4 percent. And in 2013 only about 20 percent of the population in the same region was covered by WCDMA/HSPA and 65 percent by GSM/EDGE.

In West African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – which have suffered widespread transmission of the Ebola virus – the unique mobile subscriber penetration was 35 percent in Guinea and about 30 percent in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013. Continue read at the Networked Society blog.