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
economic revolution fuelled by information and communication
technologies (ICTs) 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 authors summarise research examining the effects of this
changing connectivity in the Rwandan tourism sector. We seek to
understand what impacts changing connectivity is having, who benefits
and who doesn’t.
Foster, C.; Graham, M. The Internet and Tourism in Rwanda: Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda. Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK (2015) 23 pp.
The Internet and Tourism in Rwanda: Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda