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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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The Congo

The Congo

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(p.122) 6 The Congo
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Telecommunications in Africa
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E.Bisimwa Ganywa

Bukasa Tshilombo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102017.003.0007

Previously regarded as Zaire, the Republic of Congo ranks third in terms of land mass among the nations of Africa, and governs one of the largest populations. For the past few years, the country has encountered severe political unrest and economic depression and these have influenced the future of its resources. Believed to be associated with national development and sustainability, the telecommunications sector, along with other forms of technological advancement, have experienced review. In order to encourage fair distribution of progress among urban and rural areas, the Belgian-Zaire Development Corporation employed solar-powered telephone stations in numerous regions. However, due to the project's high cost, the institution opted for the use of cellular telephony. Although these sorts of message sending mechanisms have pitfalls, wireless communication remains an essential element in the facilitation of communication across distances.

Keywords:   Republic of Congo, information transmission, development, telephones, wireless communication

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