The Last Frontier

Dayo Olopade reports on Google's attempt to capture the large internet market in Africa, and some of the many problems they face:

Take Gmail, for example. Globally, the service has trailed those provided by Yahoo! and Microsoft. Magdalinski suspects it's just too complicated for African modems. "Gmail is always loading with flashy chat and all this JavaScript," he says.* By contrast, "Yahoo! loads fast -- it works on a shit modem in an Internet cafe."