Broadband in the world: African developing countries against digital divide
ITU Report confirms that Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda are on the way to bridge digital divide and guarantee broadband access to the whole population
Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda are among the developing countries that are being seen as “dynamic ICT markets” and “catching up quickly in efforts to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’” according to ITU’s Measuring the Information Society 2012, with other being Bahrain, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
The report states that in the mobile sector, developing countries now account for the lion’s share of market growth adding that the price of ICT services dropped by 30 per cent between 2008 and 2011.
Globally, telecommunication and Internet services are becoming more affordable with the report’s ICT Price Basket (IPB) – which spans 161 economies and combines the average cost of fixed-telephone, mobile-cellular and fixed-broadband Internet services – noting that the biggest decrease has been seen in fixed- broadband internet services, where average prices have come down by 75 per cent.
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