Improving Internet access in Africa is a fight on several fronts -- building undersea cables, setting up regional exchanges and bridging the last mile to homes and businesses -- but the continent is making progress. For example, Africa's mobile industry is booming -- subscribers grew by 33 percent over the past year -- and carriers say they will invest $50 billion over five years to boost cellphone coverage. But more than 300 million people in rural parts of Africa are not yet covered by any mobile phone network, let alone one that would support Internet access, and the continent has only 35 million fixed telephone lines for almost a billion people.
- Telcos, IT companies unite to promote mobile broadband
- Broadband under the sea: Where do those cables go?
- EU pressures operators to lower data roaming rates
- With Cable, Laying a Basis for Growth in Africa
- Three undersea cables seen fixed by weekend
- Positioning phones to create new social networks
- Japan, Korea lead in fiber-optic broadband: OECD
- Norway has more bandwidth than all of Africa -- and other broadband gaps
- Mobile connections surpass 4 billion mark worldwide
- South Africa Lags Behind with Internet Access
- Reduce the cost of international Internet connectivity
- Ship Accidents Sever Data Cables Off East Africa
- The social (studies) network: Africa's cellular education revolution
- A Fiber-Rich Diet
- Broadband stimulus cash going quickly—who's making a grab?