Models for the Development of Regional Telecommunications Networks in Africa
This chapter describes the most feasible and reliable paradigms for the development of regional telecommunications networks, specifically in African countries. The discussion seeks to address the question on whether regional collaboration determines the sustainability of local communication technology systems. In order to evaluate the appropriateness of this kind of cooperation, a description of the Pan-African Telecommunications Network (Panaftel) is provided. Such a model brings doubt about the effectiveness and contribution of teamwork among the members of a particular community to the improvement and persistence of their own information transmission mechanisms. In line with this argument, three other models are proposed—the Appropriate Environment perspective, the Regional Satellite standpoint, and the International Aggregation outlook. Conclusions suggest an eclectic approach and a case-to-case basis procedure of dealing with the progress and maintenance of telecom linkages in every region.
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