East Africa’s telecommunication experts discuss increasing internet access


East Africa’s top experts on fibre optics communication and technology gurus have met in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

The meeting, themed “Optical Infrastructure for One African Digital Economy”, explored ways in which fibre optic networks can contribute to Africa’s economy.

African countries have accelerated efforts of connectivity with governments and investors extending networks deep in the heart of the continent.

Only 18% of the African continent are connected to the internet, the lowest rate in the world, compared to 78% in Europe and 81% in North America. However, internet penetration has increased significantly. Despite the numerous challenges, there is considerable activity being made on developing broadband infrastructure throughout the continent.

Biud Mulongo, part of the Old Mutual Emerging Markets-East Africa Groups, told CGTN Africa: “Fibre optics is a key technology for Africa’s economic growth because of the increasing demand for data, the emerging business model shifting from a traditional model to the E-commerce.

The mobile banking, for example, it means we are moving from the traditional banking to internet banking.”

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