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Eli M. Noam

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102017.001.0001

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Telecommunications in Africa

Eli M. Noam

Oxford University Press

Despite the significant position of Africa when it comes to the world's land mass and population, the continent has exhibited relatively slower and trivial levels of development in terms of telecommunications when compared to other nations. Colonial powers initiated the use of these technologies in the African countries, for the most part, as an instrument of authority and control. Such endeavors brought about political independence, which eventually facilitated the association between technological advancement and economic growth. Regrettably, European imperialists failed to meet the needs and demands of a budding information-oriented economy as they left Africa with insufficient hardware and outdated institutional structure—the monopolistic administration PPT (Post, Telephone and Telegraph) system. This is aggravated by the lack of indigenous technical knowledge, resources and financial assistance, especially in poorer states.

Keywords:   Africa, telecommunications, technology, colonial powers, economic development, effectiveness

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