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Connect Africa, Volume 1

The Countdown to 2015. Inaugural Edition

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This handbook concerns the inaugural edition of Connect Africa, a new publication to track progress in investment and the development of information and communication infrastructure on the African continent. Projects that help close the digital divide are a sound business model, attractive to industry. It is with this in mind that world leaders and the highly regarded experts writing in this edition share their views on what can be done to connect Africa more rapidly.

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A snapshot of ICT in Africa

The latest edition of the ITU report Trends in Telecommunication Reform: The Road to Next-Generation Networks, released in September 2007, gives an overall picture of how more and more people around the world are being connected to information and communication technologies (ICT). It says that by the end of 2006, there was a worldwide total of nearly 4 billion mobile and fixed-line telephone subscribers, plus over 1 billion Internet users.

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