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Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Review 2013

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- Challenges
- Solutions or Strategies
- Trends

- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): Economic Commission for Africa

Trends: The majority of Africans access broadband wirelessly. Africa’s wireless broadband Internet access is growing faster than the fixed line broadband. By the beginning of 2010, about 95 per cent of the 19 million broadband subscribers in Africa accessed broadband via wireless technologies. However, the subscriber base is concentrated in a few countries such as Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa. Challenges: The low penetration rate illustrates the inadequacy of infrastructure for high-speed and high-capacity internet delivery of countries on the continent in general. Solutions: Africa has already prioritized the building and deployment of the necessary broadband infrastructure that will link service providers and the people to the submarine cables on the shores of the African continent.


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