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Connect Africa, Volume 2

Investing in Africa's Progress

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This is the second volume in the “Connect Africa” series that ITU has produced since the Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2007, under the patronage of His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The summit gave an important boost to connect the continent, and a commitment was made to link all African capitals and major cities with broadband infrastructure and improve links with the rest of the world by 2012. For Africa which still has a vast, untapped potential for growth in information and communication technologies (ICT), is open for business. And it is new investment in ICT infrastructure that will lead to new jobs and overall economic growth. This publication highlights the public-private partnership using third-generation (3G) wireless technology to improve health.

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Foreword

The rapid spread of mobile communications in Africa in recent years has meant that millions more Africans are now connected to one another and to the rest of the world. ITU Telecom Africa 2008, held in May 2008 in Cairo, Egypt, confirmed that the continent reached a total of 300… million telephone subscribers at the start of 2008, of whom 265…million subscribed to mobile services. In Africa, mobile penetration has risen from just one in 50…people at the beginning of the 21st century to almost one third of the population today, according to the eighth edition of the ITU report “African Telecommunication/ICT Indicators,” released at Cairo. This is certainly good news, but for a continent that is home to 963.68…million people, we still have the challenge of connecting the many towns and villages that remain without access to even the most basic information and communication technologies (ICT).

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