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Infrastructure in AfricaLessons for Future Development$
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Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326632

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.001.0001

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

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

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(p.333) Eight Africa’s prospects for infrastructure development and regional integration: information and communications technology sector
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Infrastructure in Africa
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Lishan Adam

Maurice Mubila

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.003.0009

A modern economy requires significant investment in knowledge generation and transmission though efficient information and communication systems. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a remarkable success in Africa. Sector reform, particularly in the mobile segment of the market, has transformed the availability, quality, and cost of connectivity across the continent. Mobile networks cover over 91 percent of the urban population, and coverage in rural areas is growing. However, these high overall levels of coverage hide significant variation between countries, and particularly in the proportion of their populations that have access to services. Although large parts of the ICT sector have been transformed, much remains to be done. Policy makers need to take steps to address the specific challenges facing the ICT sector in Africa by enhancing competition together with practical regulatory framework. Like other infrastructures, a regional approach to ICT investments would reap greater benefits and speed up access.

Keywords:   ICT, mobile networks, economic integration, regulatory frameworks, infrastructure

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