Gotta love me some context. As always, thank you much.
I, clearly, had no clue this is where sub-Saharan Africa stood in digital realm. If anything, the bypassing of landlines based from your sources looks to be more of a jumpstart into what our own future looks like as we begin to trash 'em. What I'm gathering from this bit, it looks more and more like Facebook's wet dream for a web 3.0 playground. Furthermore, seems to be a current playground for mobile transactions. (from the Pew report ref.)
Making or receiving payments on cell phones, also referred to as mobile money, is not as common as texting and taking pictures. But in Kenya, 61% of mobile owners use their device to transfer money. And many people in neighboring Uganda (42%) and Tanzania (39%) also participate in this activity on their cell phones. One of the reasons usage is so much higher in these countries is the prominence of mobile money services, such as M-PESA in Kenya and Tanzania and MTN Mobile Money in Uganda. Elsewhere in Africa, mobile banking is less common.
On the grounds of circumventing skirmishes over towers, I can't find anything on them. Perhaps, I'm not asking the right questions, though with the mineral disputes gone, I'd assume regional conflict would be mitigated as well as part of Zuck's grand plan?
Pinging AshleyR, thought you might be interested in this granted your readings in IRC.