Broadband in the world: EU to bridge digital divide in Africa
Digital divide as an obstacle for Africa’s full participation in this globalised knowledge society
In today’s world, technology and science have become the principal forces to transform societies, but not all regions can participate at the same level in this technological race.
The main problem with trying to introduce ICT into Africa is that standard communication technologies need infrastructure, which costs money. Poverty and under-development is hindering the construction of fixed telephone networks. That’s why mobiles have become the most cost-effective way to access the internet; there are millions of people with mobile phone in Africa.
In the other hand, internet access in the African continent could bring learning to children in areas that lack teachers or schools, or information about health issues to areas that have no doctor or health center.