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Driving broadband connectivity in Africa: regulatory issues and market challenges

If broadband penetration is to increase in Africa, operators, regulators and policy makers will need to co-operate in order to ensure an environment conducive for investment.

Despite increased international connectivity, broadband penetration in Africa is the lowest in the world. National backbone, metro and access networks all play a role in determining how capacity is delivered and each domain represents a different portion of the cost of providing service.

This Viewpoint:

  • describes the current state of play in each domain
  • proposes remedies for the remaining challenges
  • demonstrates the impact that changes in each domain have on cost
  • offers a vision of the African broadband market in the next five years
  • compares the progress of the core countries in each domain, as well as their respective regulatory and policy environments.
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