Towards an African e-Index 2007. Telecommunications Sector Performance in 16 African countries
Type of work: Report
Categories:e-Readiness | ICT Infrastructure | ICT4D
The excitement about the extension of telecommunications networks and services in countries across the continent over the last few years, particularly in the area of mobile telephony, should be tempered by the fact that these have not been optimal. While gains have clearly been made this review of the telecommunications sector performance across 16 African countries suggests that national policy objectives of pervasive and affordable ICT services are often undermined by many countries’ own policies and practices, market structures and institutional arrangements. While Africa may have the highest growth rate in mobile telephony, this is off a very low base. Large numbers of people still do not have permanent access to basic telephony.