YouTube’s Video Site Expands Into Africa

The popular Google-owned video sharing website YouTube has celebrated its five year anniversary this year. The site has gone from strength to strength over the past five years, and now the website has expanded into its sixth continent, Africa.

While the actual YouTube website is available to almost anyone with an Internet connection, YouTube.com has localized its content for 27 different countries on five different continents, according to an article written by Ben Parr at mashable.com.

However, although Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea have all got localized versions of YouTube, no African country has ever had one. But YouTube have recently announced that South Africa does now have its own localized YouTube.

This doesn’t appear to be just a technical launch either. YouTube announced that it is in fact teaming up with South African broadcasters, to fill the new version with locally produced content. It will also feature educational content from universities.

With South Africa being one of Africa’s most developed nations, it seems like a logical choice for the video sharing website. The expansion of new communication channels into the underdeveloped continent, can only be a good thing.