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Beyond Access: Addressing Digital Inequality in Africa

"Although most Africans remain disconnected from the Internet, and access to broadband services continues to be a central policy issue, the increased availability of broadband services alone will not reduce digital inequality on the continent. Whi...

Disentangling the Broadband Divide in Rwanda: Supply-side vs Demand-side

The Rwandan telecommunications sector has shown particularly strong growth in recent years, due to a vibrant economy and championing of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the highest level. ICT is a central engine to driving Rwan...

Low Internet Penetration Despite 90% 3G Coverage in Lesotho

Lesotho has the lowest broadband penetration despite extensive 3G and some 4G coverage. About 70% of Lesotho resident have never used the Internet. The low level of Internet use is attributed to high mobile telecommunication services and products....

An Evaluation of Open Access Broadband Networks in Africa: The Cases of Nigeria and South Africa

Despite its policy currency from the open source and open data movements there is little thorough analysis of how open access affects ICT policy outcomes in relation to extending broadband networks in Africa. There is very little acknowledgement o...

Developing Smart Public Wi-Fi in South Africa

South Africa urgently needs innovative solutions to address the digital inequality facing the country. In modern economies and societies, these online inequalities mirror the social and economic inequalities that continue to plague the country 2...

OTT - Threat or Opportunity for African Telcos?

Mobile broadband and declining smart phone prices have lead to a rapid increase in Internet use. Computer based Internet access was and still is the privilege of the few in Africa, mostly those with formal jobs, students and those that access it...

Botswana Telecommunications Limp a Decade after Policy changes

The telecommunication market in Botswana has experienced significant policy and regulatory changes over the last decade, which have not led to mobile market price reductions as expected. While the country seems to not have benefitted from the heav...

Understanding what is Happening in ICT in Tanzania: A Supply- and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

Tanzania’s score on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Networked Readiness Index (NRI) was low (ranked 118 in 2012) and it continues to lag behind countries such as Uganda (107), Nigeria (104) and Kenya (81). Use is particularly poor amongst indivi...

Understanding what is Hapening in ICT in Mozambique: A Supply-and Demand-side Analysis of the ICT Sector

The growth of the ICT sector in Mozambique is driven by the economic development trends that characterise the country today, with special emphasis on so-called “mega-projects” and the exploitation of the newly discovered mineral and energy resourc...

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