Connecting Africa to Broadband: A Roadmap for Inclusive Growth

Development – Africa/Broadband

Connecting Africa to Broadband: A Roadmap for Inclusive Growth
HIGHLIGHTS
:: A new report says around $100 billion will be needed to achieve universal access to broadband connectivity in Africa by 2030
:: The report calls for urgent action to close the internet access gap while providing a roadmap and action plan for reaching this objective
:: This report, one of the first to quantify the cost of bridging the broadband gap in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, is the first deliverable of the Broadband Commission Broadband for All Working Group

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2019— What will it take for Africa to connect an additional 1.1 billion people online by 2030 and bridge the connectivity gap? A new report launched today at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings estimates the cost of closing the digital divide at around $100 billion or close to US$9 billion a year. The challenge shouldn’t be underestimated. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about a third of the population remains out of reach of 3G networks compared to about 2 percent in North Africa.

Achieving this target is a significant undertaking which will require the deployment of nearly 250,000 new 4G base stations and at least 250,000 kilometers of fiber across the region, the report says. Connecting the unconnected would also require rolling out innovative and alternative solutions (Wi-Fi, satellites, etc.) to reach the nearly 100 million people that live in remote, rural areas currently out of reach of traditional mobile networks…

Download the full report: https://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/working-groups/DigitalMoonshotforAfrica_Report.pdf