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2008 African Telecommunication/ICT Indicators 2008

At a Crossroads

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Prepared for Africa TELECOM 2008 (Cairo, Egypt, 12-15 May 2008), this report is an indispensable reference book of telecommunication facts and figures for the region. The publication provides an overview of market trends, including in the area of fixed, mobile and Internet services. It looks at the availability of ICTs in households and highlights the importance of community access to ICTs. It further looks at the role of different factors that will be crucial in connecting Africa, including regulation and taxes schemes in telecommunications/ICTs. The report includes some 20 regional tables covering key telecommunication/ICT indicators, 55 individual country pages with a five year profile from 2002-2006, and a directory with names of telecommunication ministries, regulators and operators in the region.

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Recommendations

As the end of the first decade of the new millennium approaches, Africa stands at a crossroads. African policy-makers can continue with their current partially liberalized regulatory environment in telecommunications, hoping that remarkable growth, particularly in mobile communications, will continue. This is a gamble, as the present environment is unlikely to sustain and deepen ICT growth, which requires extending access to lower income segments of the population.

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