The Role of New Connectivity Options in Information Infrastructure Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Role of New Connectivity Options in Information Infrastructure Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Fola Yahaya (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-96-4.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter examines innovative telecommunications connectivity options, in particular fiber optic submarine cable and satellite systems, emerging on the African continent and asks how they can contribute not only to improved telecommunications, but also to the broader development of information infrastructure within the region. It is argued that if less developed countries and regions are to implement telecommunication networks and information services that will serve their interests, they must prioritize development objectives that rest firmly in their particular economic, political, cultural and social context.

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