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New broadband cable links West Africa and Europe

Published 05th July 2010 - 3 comments - 1953 views -

Everyone interested in ICT and Africa, read this article:

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/07/undersea-cable-set-to-boost-west-africa-broadband/

It argues that "An expanding network and falling prices are expected to fuel explosive growth in mobile broadband in Africa over the next few years" (...).

My question to the technology-experts on this platform: how important is this development for the countries in West Africa? Will everyone be able to use an Iphone within a year? Or..?

 

Photo: Nigerian ICT enterpreneur, Wayan Vota via Flickr


Category: Technology | Tags: ict, broadband,


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  • Helena Goldon on 11th August 2010:

    Thanks for this piece of information, Hieke.
    In fact, my Ugandan fellow journalists a lot of times expressed their high hopes for getting same type of connection.
    Is a quality of connection an issue though, or is it it’s accessibility?


  • Hieke van der Vaart on 13th August 2010:

    Hi Helena! Of course accessibility is equally an issue, but I guess when that cable is there, people will find ways to connect. Looking at the amount of mobile phones in the region I think technology is a quite straightforward “developer”.


  • Larisa Rankovic on 14th August 2010:

    Heike, I think the same, when there is infrastructure, the ways to use it develop all the time. And the benefits of it are almost countless in all spheres of life


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