Telecommunications in Africa

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Overview


A modern telecommunications network is an essential infrastructure for the world's developing nations. The emergence of new technologies, the entrance of supra-national carriers, and deregulation in the telecommunications sector have resulted in the globalization of telecommunications and the opening of markets on every continent. Collecting the work of 19 expert contributors, this book provides a comprehensive examination of what African countries are doing to build their telecommunications capabilities.

Africa has historically lagged behind other regions in developing its telecommunications infrastructure, and the penetration rate for basic service is still relatively low. But as some African nations undergo restructuring, they have begun to open their networks to foreign investors and regional cooperative ventures to expand basic and advanced telecommunications services. The contributors discuss the uneven pace of economic, regulatory, and social change among African nations as state telecommunications monopolies maintain their hold in some countries and give way to privatization in others. Analyzing the political and economic changes of the 1990s, the contributors provide clues about how Africa can shake off decades of inertia and prepare to take part in the global information economy.

Edited by an internationally recognized authority on telecommunications, this volume is the latest in a series that surveys telecommunications in the major regions of the world. Thorough and accessible, it is a valuable resource for students and scholars in the areas of communications, economics, regulatory law, telecommunications engineering, and African studies, as well as telecommunications professionals and policy makers.

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"Telecommunications in Africa is a welcome addition to the very scarce literature on African telecommunications. Both its breadth and quality of content are admirable."--Journal of Communication

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195102017
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Global Communications Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eli M. Noam is Professor of Finance and Economics and Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. His publications include over a dozen books and about 200 articles on domestic and international telecommunications, television, information technology, and regulation.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction, Eli M. Noam
1. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, Andrea L. Kavanaugh
2. Egypt, Gehan Rachty
3. Ethiopia: Past, Present, and Future, Abii Tsigie and Girma Feyissa
4. Kenya: Facing the Challenges of an Open Economy, Michael Tyler, Janice Hughes, and Helena Renfrew
5. Tanzania, M.L. Luhanga
6. The Congo, E. Bisimwa Ganywa and Bukasa Tshilombo
7. Rwanda, Alphonse Kabayiza
8. The Ivory Coast (Cdote d'Ivoire), Hugues Kond'e
9. Nigeria: After a Century of Telecommunications, What Next?, G.O. Ajayi, R.I. Salawu, and T.I. Raji
10. Ghana, Francis K.A. Allotey and Felix K. Akorli
11. Out of South Africa: South Africa's Telecommunications Equipment Industry, David Kaplan
12. South African Telecommunications: History and Prospects, Robert B. Horwitz
13. Namibia's Telecommunications: The Link to Africa, Klaus Dierks
14. Models for the Development of Regional Telecommunications Networks in Africa, Mansur M. Nuruddin
15. New Communications Technologies for Development: Challenges for Africa, Heather E. Hudson
Index

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