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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a remarkable success in Africa. In just 10 years dating from the end of the 1990s mobile network coverage rose from 16 percent to 90 percent of the urban population and by 2009 nearly half of Africa 's rural population was also living within range of a mobile network. Large-scale investment in the sector across the continent has transformed telecommunications from a luxury enjoyed by a privileged few to a mass-market, low-cost service, used in villages and cities alike.Africa 's ICT Infrastructure: Building on the Mobile Revolution charts this ICT revolution, reviewing the rapid growth in networks and the emergence of the mobile phone as a part of everyday life in Africa. It also tracks the policy and regulatory changes that have driven this growth: the liberalization of markets, the establishment of effective competition and the emergence of institutions to regulate the sector. Africa 's ICT Infrastructure reviews how the investment in the sector has been financed and how the structure of the market has changed since the liberalization process started. It looks at the role of both private and public institutions as sources of financing for the sector and charts the emergence of investors from developing countries in leading the expansion of the sector across the region.In the context of these successful sector reforms, Africa 's ICT Infrastructure addresses one of the key questions facing regulators and policy makers: how far will this process go in delivering universal access to telecommunications services? By adopting an innovative new spatial modeling approach, the authors have mapped existing mobile network coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa and estimated the limits of commercially viable network expansion. But at the same time as voice networks are expanding across the region, the focus of sector policy makers is turning to the Internet which is becoming increasingly important in the global economy. The authors use a similar spatial approach to analyze the commercial viability of wireless broadband networks in Africa and review the development of the region 's fiber-optic network infrastructure which lies at the heart of broadband service delivery. Finally, Africa 's ICT Infrastructure draws these experiences together and offers a set of policy recommendations that will support the continued development of the sector, particularly in the delivery of affordable broadband Internet.

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What factors have driven the rapid expansion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Africa, and why do some countries in the region outperform others? This report seeks answers to these questions in order to guide policies for fostering the development of the mobile voice network in Africa and to boost the spread of broadband Internet coverage. Williams (Global ICT Group, World Bank) reviews the recent history of the ICT market in Africa and details financial aspects of the ICT revolution, especially how investments have been financed and which companies have most influenced the ICT sector. The study also looks ahead to the future, asking how far the expansion of mobile voice networks can go under current policies and whether broadband Internet can develop into a mass-market service in Africa. The study draws on background papers that were prepared by World Bank staff and consultants, under the auspices of the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD). About 65 pages of data tables are included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This volume charts the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) revolution that has swept across Africa since the end of the 1990s. Large-scale investment in the sector has transformed telecommunications from a luxury enjoyed by a privileged few to a mass-market service, used in villages and cities alike, across the continent. The book reviews the rapid growth in networks and the emergence of the mobile phone as a part of everyday life in Africa. The main driver of this revolution has been the widespread shift in government policy from one of state ownership and control of telecommunications networks to one in which the private sector is the primary source of investment and service-delivery. Across the continent, countries have established competitive telecommunications markets and built the institutions to regulate them. Investment and competition has driven network expansion, improved the accessibility of services and lowered prices. Countries that were early reformers have reaped the greatest benefits with rapidly falling prices and an ever expanding range of services. In the context of these successful sector reforms, the books addresses one of the key questions facing regulators and policy-makers how far will this process go in delivering universal access to telecommunications services? By adopting an innovative new spatial modeling approach, the authors have mapped existing mobile network coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa and estimated the limits of commercially viable network expansion. As the Internet becomes increasingly central to the global economy, policy attention in Africa is turning to broadband. The volume uses a similar spatial approach to analyze the commercial viability of wireless broadband networks in Africa. It also looks at the region 's fiber optic network architecture in more detail as these lie at the heart of broadband service delivery. Finally, the book reviews the financing of investment in telecommunications infrastructure in Africa, looking at the amounts and the sources of capital investment in the sector.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821384541
Author:
Williams, Mark D. J.
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Author:
World Bank Group
Subject:
Communications-Telephony
Subject:
business, business plans
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Business » Banking
Business » Business Plans
Business » General
Engineering » Communications » Telephony
History and Social Science » Economics » General

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"Synopsis" by , This volume charts the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) revolution that has swept across Africa since the end of the 1990s. Large-scale investment in the sector has transformed telecommunications from a luxury enjoyed by a privileged few to a mass-market service, used in villages and cities alike, across the continent. The book reviews the rapid growth in networks and the emergence of the mobile phone as a part of everyday life in Africa. The main driver of this revolution has been the widespread shift in government policy from one of state ownership and control of telecommunications networks to one in which the private sector is the primary source of investment and service-delivery. Across the continent, countries have established competitive telecommunications markets and built the institutions to regulate them. Investment and competition has driven network expansion, improved the accessibility of services and lowered prices. Countries that were early reformers have reaped the greatest benefits with rapidly falling prices and an ever expanding range of services. In the context of these successful sector reforms, the books addresses one of the key questions facing regulators and policy-makers how far will this process go in delivering universal access to telecommunications services? By adopting an innovative new spatial modeling approach, the authors have mapped existing mobile network coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa and estimated the limits of commercially viable network expansion. As the Internet becomes increasingly central to the global economy, policy attention in Africa is turning to broadband. The volume uses a similar spatial approach to analyze the commercial viability of wireless broadband networks in Africa. It also looks at the region 's fiber optic network architecture in more detail as these lie at the heart of broadband service delivery. Finally, the book reviews the financing of investment in telecommunications infrastructure in Africa, looking at the amounts and the sources of capital investment in the sector.
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