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. While some
research has been conducted into the impacts of ICTs on economic
processes and practices, there remains surprisingly little research into
changing connectivity in East Africa. Here the study team summarise
research examining the effects of this changing connectivity in the
Rwandan tourism sector. They seek to understand what impacts changing
connectivity is having, who benefits and who doesn’t.
Foster, C.; Graham, M. Summary Report: Effects of Broadband Connectivity in the Rwandan Tourism Sector. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK (2014) 5 pp.
Summary Report: Effects of Broadband Connectivity in the Rwandan Tourism Sector