Policies and strategies for accelerating Africa's information infrastructure development
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Jensen, Mike;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Africa's communications and information infrastructure has improved dramatically over the past 5 years it is still a dream for the majority of Africans - those who do not live in the capital cities and are not part of the privileged few. Access to computers and telephones is still very scarce and most of the lines are concentrated in the urban areas, while over 70% of the population is rural. There are fewer than 100 000 dial up Internet accounts for the over 750 million people outside South Africa, and because Internet Service Providers are usually concentrated in the capital cities, it is a long distance call to the Internet for most of the (predominantly rural) public. Furthermore,much of the available information on the Internet is oriented toward western and urban populations,with few applications relevant to farmers, natural resource managers, women, youth and rural people in Africa.