Seven African presidents Tuesday backed broadband Internet to help the continent catch up with the rest of the world.
The leaders spoke Tuesday at the Transform Africa Summit in
He used the occasion to show off to participants drawn from across the world
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The proliferation of mobile telephony has however given many Africans access to communication and helped them leapfrog the technological divide, but not everywhere.
He revealed plans to develop a fibre-optic cable to link the country to the regional network that runs to the undersea cables anchored at Mombasa.
Overall access to broadband Internet has grown in recent years, especially after the completion of the sub-marine cables on the East African coast but it remains significantly below world averages, with less than two in 10 Africans enjoying regular and reliable access to the Internet.
The figures belie another reality; a divide within the divide, with most telephony Internet access concentrated on the outer margins of the continent, in particular north and southern
Participants at the summit organised by
"The railway lines, the sea lines of yesterday are broadband today," President
"President Museveni acknowledged the importance of ICT but noted that it must be tailored to solving problems on the continent. "ICT must help agriculture, industry and services," he said.
African governments can increase GDP by as much as
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