Internet cafés are dying out

Internet cafes, which were once the communication hub in developing countries, are fast dying out.

According to Quartz  the reason is the rise in smartphones which are making the need to go into a café largely redundant.

In Rwanda, one café went from 200 customers per day to just ten and in India they are suffering too—some in the southern city of Mysore have opted to sell stationery or sweets instead of web access.

Café owners have diversified their offerings to include flight bookings, mobile phone top-up cards, and accessories for various gadgets.

Cafés in Myanmar, where mobile penetration is extraordinarily low are seeing the same trend happen there.

More developed markets had seen cafés survive to cater for immersive online gaming. But the number of these sorts of cafes in South Korea fell to 15,800 last year from 19,000 in 2010.

The number of cafes in China, meanwhile, dropped seven percent to 136,000 in 2012 from the previous year.

All this flies in the face of a five-year study released by the University of Washington in July found that Web users in some developing countries continue to rely on public venues like cafes and libraries for Web access even when smartphones are available.

It insisted that one technology does not replace the other and mobile phones do not solve access problems.