This briefing report is written as a reference document for those
seeking to gain an understanding of the 'digital divide' in Africa
with a focus on ICT infrastructure. It is not intended as an academic,
quantitative or exhaustive summary of ICT development in Africa, nor its
history, and will only briefly touch-upon concurrent development and
infrastructure issues associated with this sector (such as power
supply). The report begins with an overview of the wider ICT development
goals, provides examples of the problems facing the private ICT sector
in Africa, and indicates the latest figures on infrastructure and
finance. The final sections look at potential investment pathways in ICT
infrastructure – highlighted with DFID-funded case studies – and ends
with relevant declarations of the 2010 AU Summit.
This resource was produced by TI-UP – a DFID-funded resource centre for
technology, infrastructure and urban planning, managed by IMC Worldwide
Anon. TI-UP Briefing Note: ICTD and the digital divide in Africa &#8211; focus on infrastructure. TI-UP Resource Centre, London, UK (2010) 6 pp.