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Telecommunications in Africa$
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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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New Communications Technologies for Development: Challenges for Africa

New Communications Technologies for Development: Challenges for Africa

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Telecommunications in Africa

Heather E. Hudson

Oxford University Press

In order to implement coordinated communication technology planning procedures, African governments must acquire comprehensive reports on countrywide priorities and development strategies; be conscious of the contribution of telecommunications systems to national growth and sustainability; allot physical and financial resources for the betterment of the communications industry and proper utilization of human capital; and observe adequate information dissemination regarding the available services and its accompanied advantages. It can be stated that active participation of the state and continuous evaluation of administrative policies (specifically in terms of funding, pricing, services innovation, and maintenance of facilities) regarding the telecommunications division influence the realization of national objectives and the fulfillment of individuals needs. Thus, telecommunications networks should not only be regarded as a source of income, but also an investment that elicits national and continental advantages.

Keywords:   communication technology, African telecommunications networks, national sustainability, government, needs, demands

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