Affordable Access is not just a matter of connecting people at the 'Bottom of the Pyramid' with the cheapest devices and lowest price/quality connectivity. African connectivity is expensive in relation to income and in relation to global 'like for like' price comparisons. Businesses and business people in Africa do not want basic services, they want effective services at affordable rates and many of the answers lie within the Continent.
The twin combination of Internet and mobile, fuelled by global satellite and fibre networks, offers tantalising opportunities to bring all of Africa into the digital era. ICT infrastructure firms are teaming up with local players across the continent to bring about affordable connectivity. But 'Connectivity for All' is still an unmet goal in many parts of Africa.
A coordinated and concerted effort by Policy Makers, Service Providers, Investors, Solution Providers and Major End Users will move Africa towards the goal of making Access Affordable, bringing all of the associated Socio Economic benefits.
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