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As Africa Internet penetration lags, experts suggest ways to spur broadband growth

Olusegun Abolaji Ogundeji | Oct. 7, 2014
In the wake of a U.N. survey highlighting poor Internet access in a swath of sub-Saharan African countries, industry insiders say government policies can go a long way toward spurring connectivity and infrastructure development.

A decline in the price smartphones would increase broadband penetration in Africa, said Thecla Mbongue, a senior research analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. She added that 3G network rollout should be encouraged, as the infrastructure is "less expensive to deploy and to subscribe to than fixed broadband."

 

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