African In­ter­net Op­por­tu­nity

Southern Innovator - - YOUTH -

Africa’s In­ter­net op­por­tu­ni­ties are only just start­ing. Wired – the tech­nol­ogy mag­a­zine – is call­ing this “a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to build the next Zyn­gas, ebays and Groupons for a huge un­tapped lo­cal mar­ket”. As new broad­band fi­bre op­tic un­der­sea ca­bles are laid along the con­ti­nent’s coasts, it’s “like be­ing back in1995”, Wired­claims.

The 10,000 kilo­me­tre East African Sub­ma­rine Ca­ble Syste (EASSY), con­nect­ing sub-sa­ha­ran Africa with Europe and Asia, has joined other ca­bles from the con­ti­nent. Grad­u­ally, the in­fra­struc­ture is fall­ing into place to con­nect Africa prop­erly to the rest of the world.

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