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Africa's ICT Infrastructure : Building on the Mobile Revolution

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Abstract: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a remarkable success in Africa. Across the continent, the availability and quality of service have gone up and the cost has gone down. In just 10 years dating from the end of the 1990s mobile network coverage rose from 16 percent to 90 percent of the urban population; by 2009, rural coverage stood at just under 50 percent of the population. Although the performance of Africa's mobile networks over the past decade has been remarkable, the telecommunications sector in the rest of the world has also evolved rapidly. Many countries now regard broadband Internet as central to their long-term economic development strategies, and many companies realize that the use of ICT is the key to maintaining profitability. This book is about that challenge and others. Chapters two and three describe the recent history of the telecommunications market in Africa; they cover such issues as prices, access, the performance of the networks, and the regulatory reforms that have triggered much of the investment. This part of the book compares network performance across the region and tries to explain why some countries have moved so much more quickly than others in providing affordable telecommunications services. Chapter four explores the financial side of the telecommunications revolution in Africa and details how the massive investments have been financed and which companies have most influenced the sector. Chapter five deals with the future of the sector. The final chapter synthesizes the main chapters of the book and presents policy recommendations intended to drive the sector forward.
Type: Publications & Research :: Publication
Publications & Research :: Publication
Link: http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/main?menuPK=64187510&pagePK=64193027&piPK=64187937&theSitePK=523679&menuPK=64187510&searchMenuPK=64187283&siteName=WDS&entityID=000333038_20110714014116
978-0-8213-8454-1
http://hdl.handle.net/10986/2325
Subject: ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY
ALUMINUM
ANNUAL CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
APPROACH
AVAILABILITY
AVERAGE TARIFF
BACKUP POWER
BLACKOUTS
BLOCK TARIFF
BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE
BORDER TRADE
BORDER TRANSMISSION
CAPACITY EXPANSION
CAPITAL COSTS
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
CAPITAL INVESTMENT
CAPITAL INVESTMENTS
CAR
CARBON
CARBON DIOXIDE
CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
CERTIFIED EMISSION REDUCTION
CLIMATE CHANGE
CO
COAL
COAL RESERVES
COLORS
COMPENSATION MECHANISMS
CONCESSIONS
CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY
COST OF POWER
COST RECOVERY
COSTS OF POWER
DAMS
DEMAND FOR POWER
DIESEL
DIESEL GENERATORS
DIESEL POWER
DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
DOMESTIC ENERGY
DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES
DOMINANT FUEL
DRIVING
DROUGHT
ECONOMIC COSTS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMIC GROWTH
ECONOMIC INTEGRATION
ECONOMIES OF SCALE
ELECTRIC POWER
ELECTRICAL POWER
ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
ELECTRICITY DEMAND
ELECTRICITY GENERATION
ELECTRICITY PRICES
ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION
ELECTRICITY SECTOR
ELECTRICITY SERVICES
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
ELECTRICITY TARIFF
EMISSION
EMISSION REDUCTION CREDIT
EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
EMISSIONS SAVINGS
ENERGY POLICY
ENERGY RESOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
EXCESS CAPACITY
FARES
FOSSIL
FOSSIL FUELS
FUEL
FUEL OIL
FUEL PRICES
FUELS
GAS
GAS PRODUCTION
GAS RESOURCES
GASOLINE
GENERATING CAPACITY
GENERATION
GENERATION CAPACITY
GENERATION COSTS
GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY
GEOTHERMAL PLANTS
GEOTHERMAL POWER
GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE
GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
GOVERNMENT POLICY
GREENHOUSE
GREENHOUSE GAS
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
GREENHOUSE GASES
GRID POWER
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
GROWTH RATES
HEAT
HEAT PRODUCTION
HEAVY FUEL OIL
HOUSEHOLD BUDGETS
HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION
HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS
HYDROPOWER
HYDROPOWER GENERATION
INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING
INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
INVESTMENT CLIMATE
INVESTMENT COSTS
INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS
KEROSENE
KILOWATT HOUR
KILOWATT-HOUR
LEASE CONTRACTS
LOAD SHEDDING
LOWER TARIFFS
MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS
MARGINAL COST OF ELECTRICITY
MARGINAL COSTS
METHANE
NATURAL GAS
NUCLEAR POWER
NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
O&M
OIL
OIL PRICES
OIL PRODUCTION
OIL RESERVES
PE
PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
PETROLEUM
POWER
POWER CAPACITY
POWER CONSUMPTION
POWER CORPORATION
POWER COSTS
POWER CRISIS
POWER DEMAND
POWER DEVELOPMENT
POWER GENERATION
POWER GENERATION CAPACITY
POWER GRID
POWER MARKETS
POWER OUTAGES
POWER PLANTS
POWER POOLS
POWER PRICES
POWER PRODUCTION
POWER PROJECT
POWER PROJECTS
POWER SECTOR
POWER SECTOR PLANNING
POWER SECTOR REFORM
POWER SHORTAGES
POWER STATIONS
POWER SUPPLIES
POWER SUPPLY
POWER SYSTEM
POWER SYSTEMS
POWER TRADE
POWER TRADING
PP
PREPAYMENT
PRICE DIFFERENTIAL
PRICE OF OIL
PRICE OF POWER
PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION
PROFIT MARGIN
PROPANE
PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE
PUBLIC PRIVATE INFRASTRUCTURE
REDUCTION IN EMISSIONS
REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
RENEWABLE ENERGY
RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES
RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
REVENUE COLLECTION
ROUTES
RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
SANITATION
SERVICE EXPANSION
SHIPPING CONTAINERS
SURPLUS POWER
TARIFF STRUCTURES
THERMAL CAPACITY
THERMAL ENERGY
THERMAL POWER
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
TIN
TOTAL EMISSIONS
TRADING PATTERNS
TRANSMISSION CAPACITY
TRANSMISSION GRID
TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT POLICY
TRANSPORTATION
URANIUM
UTILITIES
UTILITY BILL
UTILITY LOAD
VEHICLE
VOLTAGE
WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
WEATHER PATTERNS
WIND




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