(May-2015) The Internet brings the promise of untold riches in knowledge, culture and educational opportunities. But a great deal needs to be done to tap into its potential by Tech Central.
There is widespread acknowledgement that Africa has a long road to travel before it can use the power of technology to improve the lives of people.
Broadband coverage outside urban and peri-urban areas is still woefully inadequate despite initiatives such as undersea cables that are connecting African countries. But statistics on connectivity show great disparities on the continent.
While access to connectivity has widened, the costs are still high. Internet speeds in the developing world cost much more for lower broadband speeds. Entry-level broadband, averaging across mobile and fixed-line access, exceeds 40% of average income. In many countries it is over 100% of monthly income.