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Africa’s prospects for infrastructure development and regional integration: information and communications technology sector

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- Challenges
- Trends

- Internet Access, Affordability And Use

Author(s): Lishan Adam and Maurice Mubila

The African information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem is becoming a potent force for stimulating economic growth and social development. The ecosystem comprises both supply side (physical infrastructure) and demand side (application and services and its use), which require equal attention and investment. Led by the mobile sector, the African ICT infrastructure has seen dramatic growth over the past decade. The mobile network has now bridged the voice communication gap that has been the preoccupation of African policymakers for many decades. Two-thirds (69%) of the African population had access to mobile SIM cards in 2014.¹ About half of the African..


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