There is no doubt that mobile infrastructure has become as important to national economies as road or energy infrastructure. Aside from providing voice and internet access, mobile networks in some African countries now facilitate more individual and small business financial transactions than the banking industry.With no private investments to support the laying of the last mile, especially in rural Africa, the government’s role in funding fibre-optic deployment is crucial. However, governments across the continent have not created enabling environments by passing appropriate laws
according to A4AI report series, now in its seventh year, studies the internet affordability barrier and how to overcome it. It brings together years of analysis based on systems thinking about the cost that people pay for internet access and how to bring that price down over time. This has meant that our Affordability Report policy recommendations focus on the policy and regulatory environment, because of their capacity to affect market dynamics, stakeholder relationships, and infrastructure availability.according to A4AI
broadband access should be universal and affordable, and why connecting more people with the information, education, and health care services of the Web benefits the economy and society.
According to the Handbook of Research on Public Information Technology, “water acts as the key interruption for wireless frequencies and all plant life contains water within their structures.” Natural forests and trees are just the start of this barrier. The presence of plants on farms may also cause interference with wireless internet signals.
However, rural areas continue to lag in internet quality. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found the bandwidth gap is worse than many would have thought
Most broadband services provide a continuous “always on” connection; there is no dial-in process required, and it does not interfere with voice use of phone lines