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. But, there remains surprisingly little
research into the impacts of changing connectivity on economic processes
and practices in East Africa.
Here the authors summarise research examining the effects of this
changing connectivity in the Rwandan tea sector.
Foster, C.; Graham, M. Summary Report: Effects of Broadband Connectivity in the Rwandan Tea Sector. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK (2014) 5 pp.
Summary Report: Effects of Broadband Connectivity in the Rwandan Tea Sector