East Africa was the world’s last major region without submarine
fibre-optic broadband internet access, and until the summer of 2009 had
been forced to rely on slow and costly satellite connections for access.
However, the region has recently been connected via fibre-optic cable,
in theory, allowing much greater speeds at much lower prices.
This rapid transformation in the region’s connectivity has prompted
politicians, journalists, academics, and citizens to speak of an
ICT-fuelled economic revolution happening on the continent. However,
while some research has been conducted into the impacts of ICTs on
economic processes and practices, there remains surprisingly little
research into the impacts of changing connectivity on economic processes
and practices in East Africa. This report focuses on changing
connectivity in the Rwandan tea sector, seeking to understand precisely
what impacts changing connectivity is having, who benefits, who doesn’t,
and how these changes interlink with expectations for change.
Foster, C.; Graham, M. Connectivity and the Tea Sector in Rwanda: Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK (2015) 25 pp.
Connectivity and the Tea Sector in Rwanda: Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda