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Connect Africa, Volume 1

The Countdown to 2015. Inaugural Edition

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This handbook concerns the inaugural edition of Connect Africa, a new publication to track progress in investment and the development of information and communication infrastructure on the African continent. Projects that help close the digital divide are a sound business model, attractive to industry. It is with this in mind that world leaders and the highly regarded experts writing in this edition share their views on what can be done to connect Africa more rapidly.

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Infrastructure development

Achieving connectivity in Africa is a major challenge across land, sea and air. It is even more challenging in the telecommunications sector, which has a multiplier effect on all other development sectors. This is due to the severe lack of backbone telecommunication infrastructure in Africa. The basic challenges for Africa in the telecommunications sector are the lack of connectivity, accessibility and affordability. Countries are not connected to each other, and even within their borders there are wide disparities between urban centres and rural areas. Deliberate efforts must be exerted to ensure that rural Africa, in particular, is integrated into the information society.

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