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Broadband for Africa : Developing Backbone Communications Networks

ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACCESS TO RADIO ACCESS TO THE INTERNET ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT BACKBONE BACKBONE NETWORKS BACKBONES BANDWIDTH BASIC BORDER CROSSING BROADBAND BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY BROADBAND NETWORK BUSINESS DECISIONS BUSINESS SERVICES BUSINESSES CAPACITY BUILDING CARRIERS CELLULAR NETWORKS CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY CITIES CODE DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS COMMERCIAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE COMPETITIVE FORCES COMPONENTS COPYING COPYRIGHT CUSTOMER BASE DATA COMMUNICATIONS DATA SERVICES DATA TRANSFER DIGITAL DIGITAL DIVIDE DISPUTE RESOLUTION DOI DRIVERS E-GOVERNMENT E-GOVERNMENT PROJECTS E-MAIL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIES OF SCALE ELECTRICITY ENABLING ENVIRONMENT END USERS ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE EQUIPMENT FINANCIAL BURDEN FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS FINANCIAL RESOURCES FIXED COSTS FUNCTIONALITY GATEWAYS GENERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS GICT GOVERNMENT POLICY HARDWARE HARMONIZATION HIGH-BANDWIDTH HIGH-SPEED ICT INDEXING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDERS INSTALLATION INSTANT ACCESS INSTITUTION INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERNET CONTENT INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS INTERNET SERVICES INTERNET TRAFFIC INTERURBAN ROUTES IP ISP ISPS JOINT VENTURES JOURNALS LEASED LINES LEGAL FRAMEWORK LICENSE LICENSES LICENSING LITERACY LONG-DISTANCE MARKET SEGMENTATION MARKET SHARE MATERIAL MOBILE NETWORK MOBILE NETWORKS MOBILE PHONE MOBILE TELEPHONES MULTIPLE ACCESS NATIONAL RAILWAY NETWORK CONNECTIONS NETWORK DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ECONOMICS NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK SERVICES NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES NETWORK TECHNOLOGY NETWORK TRAFFIC PENETRATION RATE PERSONAL COMPUTERS POLICY FRAMEWORK POPULATION DENSITY PRICE-SENSITIVE PRIVATE INVESTMENT PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT PROTOCOL QUALITY OF SERVICE QUERIES RADIO RADIO SPECTRUM RAILWAY RAILWAY COMPANIES RAILWAY LINES RAILWAY NETWORKS RAILWAYS REDUCTION OF COSTS REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT REGULATORY ENVIRONMENTS REGULATORY FRAMEWORK REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS RESULT RESULTS RETAIL PRICE ROAD ROADS ROUTE ROUTES ROUTING SATELLITE SATELLITES SCIENCE FOUNDATION SERVICE PROVIDERS SERVICE-LEVEL AGREEMENTS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SUBMARINE CABLES SUPPLY CHAIN TAXATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TELECOM TELECOMMUNICATION TELECOMMUNICATIONS TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKETS TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATORS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TELEPHONE TELEPHONE NETWORK TELEPHONE NETWORKS TELEVISION TRAFFIC FLOWS TRAFFIC PATTERNS TRAFFIC VOLUMES TRANSMISSION TRANSPORT TRUE UNIVERSAL SERVICE UNIVERSAL SERVICE OBLIGATION USER VEHICLE VOICE-OVER-INTERNET PROTOCOL VOIP VOLUME OF TRAFFIC WIRELESS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES WORLD TRADE WWW
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World Bank
Africa
2012-03-19T09:33:12Z | 2012-03-19T09:33:12Z | 2010

Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa see information and communication technology (ICT) as a necessary foundation for long-term economic development. While the region has been very successful in increasing access to basic voice communications, there has been no comparable improvement in broadband connectivity. In fact, the broadband access gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world is getting wider just as the gap in basic voice communications is getting smaller. Increasing access to broadband connectivity is therefore emerging as a high priority for policy makers across the continent. This book begins with a brief review of the ICT market and considers the extent of demand for broadband and the ICT services that high-capacity backbone networks make possible. This is followed by a review of the existing coverage of backbone networks in the region, a discussion of how this compares with other parts of the world, and an analysis of the possible explanations for the current pattern of network development. Finally, the book presents a set of policy options that governments in Sub-Saharan Africa might consider in promoting the development of backbone networks in their countries.

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