Meta wants to spread the Metaverse hype in 16 African countries, and has. announced A series of programs under its Global Augmented Reality (XR) Fund to grow Metaverse talent.
But the challenge is that for many Africans, the concept of Metaverse is still very theoretical and relies on people seeing how it can enhance their livelihoods or businesses. With VR headset banning high prices, slow internet speeds, and high data costs on the continent, Metaverse will face a tough journey in Africa.
“It’s good for the future but we’re not there yet, economically we’re struggling. People hardly understand the concept of the metaverse. If you tweet about the metaverse in Africa, people are curious but get confused,” Egline Samui, founder of Nairobi-based social media analytics startup Brand Moran, told Vophs. “People who understand it don’t know how to combine it with their business.”
Ambitions of Meta’s Africa metaverse
Phil Odor leads the Policy Program for Africa at Meta. says that Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are central to the continent’s Metaverse future, and the company will invest $50 million in a two-year training program aimed at “supporting African XR talent who are developing innovative solutions that differentiate show aspects. of the Metaverse in Africa.”
The company is partnering with two Nairobi-based startups. Black Rhino VR And based in Lagos Imisi 3D-and hopefully they will help record successful continental drift in the metaverse. The existence of only two VR tech pioneers on the continent speaks to Africa’s readiness for an immersive universe where Gen X and Gen Z are expected to spend up to five hours in the next five years.
What does Metaverse mean in Africa?
The concept of the metaverse is still new in Africa, and sales of VR headsetVR glasses, and Google Cardboard have been in short supply because many people have yet to understand what it really means to be in the metaverse.
Meta has no plans to make its VR devices affordable for Africa and is actually negotiating – raising the price by $100. The Meta’s Oculus Quest 2, for example, Priced at $396. In Nairobi, the price is high for a continent in economic turmoil. Despite the curiosity, many Africans cannot afford to join the metaverse frenzy and Meta’s efforts cannot afford the results he is aiming for.
Nick Chumba, a 20-year-old web designer, finds no inspiration in the Metaverse. “Why would I need to buy a VR headset? Why would I buy designer clothes for a digital avatar? Even the idea of selling digital land, what’s the real cost? says Chamba, highlighting the fact that African technologists Not sure how Metaverse will serve them either.
Africa’s internet does not support heavy immersive streaming.
Immersive experiences with high-definition video applications require Internet data speeds. 80-100 megabits per second while the low-resolution 360-degree experiences available in most VR head-mounted displays require at least 25 megabits per second. Average internet speed in Africa. 5.74 Mbpsand is the cost Most in the world. Many countries are testing 5G networks, but 3G and 4G networks are the mainstay across Africa.
For Savio Wambugu, a tech consultant at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) who serves on the advisory board of the Kenyan Association of Innovation Hubs, Africa is the most promising place to implement Metaverse. But there is still a lot of work to be done. In improving infrastructure and enhancing metaverse talent.
“Major tech companies are setting up base in Africa. This has had a ripple effect on the skill sets needed to build, implement and adapt to the metaverse. The challenge now is the infrastructure’s Internet capacity to support all of this. supports that should be upgraded,” he tells Vophs.
In the end, many Africans believe, it is all about the physical life they are living and not the virtual one. And they already have enough to deal with everyday challenges. But Meta is optimistic that its efforts to expand Metaverse skills sets can help it inject an additional $40 billion into Africa’s GDP over the next decade.