In recent years, the global context has shown us that fast and reliable access to the internet facilitates interactions between individuals, organizations and machines : this is called digital transformation. According to Wikipedia, digital transformation refers to the changes associated with the integration of digital technology into all aspects of human society. This notion simply refers to the phenomenon of mutation linked to the rise of digital technology and the Internet.
According to the same definition, “digital transformation is the dimensioning and accompanying of the mutation implied by the choice and the implementation of a technology, considering the notions of usage control, change management, governance, training, etc.”. Thus, this phenomenon implies that new information and communication technologies should not be considered from the point of view of a simple choice of tool but as a real strategic economic and social issue.
In the same way, at a time when digital technologies have affected economic models, modes of consumption and different forms of exchange, Africa is experiencing impressive growth in these technologies, even though the poverty rate remains among the highest in the world. In 2020, 40.8% of the African population owned a cell phone and 57.9% had 4G coverage.
The African Continent is experiencing impressive growth in digital technologies – tempered by the catch-up effect – compared to developed countries where some NT segments are stabilizing or even stagnating.
Therefore, here are three of the reasons why the African continent could experience an impressive boom in digital transition.