Facebook opens first sales office in Africa

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 30.06.2015 00:00
Updated 30.06.2015 00:02
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC.(AFP Photo)
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC.(AFP Photo)

Facebook has opened its first sales office in Africa, the company said on Monday.

In a statement, Facebook said the sales team in Johannesburg will initially focus on sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on Africa's 200 million internet users - 120 million of whom are already Facebook users, with 80 percent connecting via mobile devices.

"Mobile is not a trend, it's the fastest development in communications we've ever seen," Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn said. "This couldn't be more true in Africa, where so many people are mobile-only."

She added: "Facebook is already a central part of people's lives in Africa and with more than 1 billion people in Africa, we want to do more to help people and businesses connect."

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