Julian May

Julian May is a Professor and holds the South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Assessment, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Despite the persistence of widespread poverty, the use of mobile telephony in African countries in the last few years has grown more rapidly than in any other region in the world. There are now an estimated 500 million mobile phone subscribers across the continent compared to 246 million in 2008. By late 2010, Africa exceeded Western Europe in terms of the number of mobile connections.