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Accession Number DE2013-1063797
Title Pinging Africa.
Publication Date Feb 2013
Media Count 10p
Personal Author R. L. Cottrell
Abstract Africa is huge with an area greater than Argentina, Europe, China, India, and the United States combined. It has over 1 billion people or one seventh of the world's population (second only to Asia), speaking over 1000 languages, with climates from huge rainforests to vast deserts. However, as a whole it suffers from many challenges including disease, conflict, corruption, protectionist policies (for example current cable and satellite companies have a lot to lose and many of these have close links to regulators and governments), poverty, lack of skills, and poor infrastructure such as lack of power, inadequate telecommunications, inadequate Internet access, lack of PCs etc. Africa also badly lags many years behind the rest of the world in its Internet performance, and has been falling further behind each year. In 2010 all of Africa combined had one third the international capacity as Austria alone. The cost of Internet access for universities in Africa is 100 times more expensive than for U.S universities. The cost for an African university to buy the same bandwidth as a U.S. university (1 Giga-bit/second would be $13M/month). Less than 12% of the Africa population in 2011 had Internet access.
Keywords Access
Africa
Developing countries
Electric cables
Government policies
Internet
Personal computers
Population
Poverty
Satellites
Telecommunications

 
Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
92 - Behavior & Society
Corporate Author Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number DE-AC02-76SF00515

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