to Africa, A world to over 770 million people. Here are some
statistics you should know about the Africa that we know...
|1 in 13 people have a TV
|| 77 million
|1 in 30 have a fixed line
|| 25 million
|1 in 25 have a GSM line
|| 31 million
|1 in 120 have a PC
|1 in 130 use the Internet
|1 in 300 have pay-TV
All of the 54 countries & territories in Africa have Internet access
in the capital cities.
We are pleased to extend our relationship into Africa to create a
21st Century Network, which can pride at being one of the most
advanced telecommunications networks in the world - with the
foresight to create a network capable of delivering the most
advanced video, voice and data services to businesses and consumers
across the African continent.
Focus Africa is a major outreach initiative to increase Internet
access and use in developing countries, involving
various rural, community Tele-centers, health and satellite
The Focus Africa initiative is a major step forward for the entire
communications industry, and we're proud to play such a role in its
Substantial foreign investment in infrastructure and technology
is committed by the program, including contribution from our
preferred suppliers, financial institutions and equity investors,
significantly contributing to the overall competitiveness and
economic health of Africa.
Recognition of the importance of ICTs in accelerating development
and international development assistance initiatives have improved
the prospects for wider access to information and communication
networks across the continent.
FOCUS AFRICA INFRA PLANS
The models of infrastructure provision in
Africa is quite different to those employed in developed countries
because of the generally low income levels, limited formal business
activity and the much greater importance of the rural population,
where up to 80% of the people may live outside urban areas.
Innovative models will focus on shared infrastructure, public access
facilities and the use of intermediaries to interact with the public
who may not have functional literacy, let alone be computer
In addressing the rural population issue, technology choice
and design options are readily apparent as technologies mature, more
important, a re-assessment is needed of the traditionally held view
that rural communications services are unprofitable.
Regional collaboration within Africa is an important means of
addressing the need for improved ICT infrastructure.
Our Focus Africa program calls for the formulation and
development of a Pan-Africa information and communication
infrastructure plan in every African country, driven
by national development priorities, and proposes
co-operation among African countries to share the success
The Focus Africa network vision is about new generation
telecommunications networks in which consumers will drive demand for
new and innovative video, voice and data services - being the
blueprint for future networks, to quickly deliver profitable, new
services over a secure IP network, meeting service requirements
today and for decades to come.
The impact of Focus Africa will be felt globally through the
wide-ranging social and economic benefits that it can help bring -
from better public services in government, education and healthcare,
to improved global competitiveness for African businesses.
We are delighted to be a part of this transformation, and commit
ourselves to work together to develop our vision of the future of IP
Considerable resources is being directed over the coming years
toward supporting access to the Internet in Africa, by both the
international community and national
Virtual Universities, Economic Toolkit and
Competence Centers - Creating Learning Networks including training
colleges to develop literacy in ICT and their use for
Connectivity to the Internet
providing high speed IP access to Universities across
Africa using appropriate and suitable technologies.
Internet access to schools, and community
Tele-education studios with postproduction facilities,
Non-linear editing facility at each of the universities
with the appropriate Data centers.
Broaden access outside the capital cities, developing
business linkages between intra&extra African businesses.
Programs for technology collaboration.
Rural Telecommunications Field Trial
Strategy for mobilizing private participation for public
objectives focus on the rural sector and on information
strategies, building infrastructure and applications.
Research, Policy, Planning for building Smart Societies across Africa. Focus on ICT policy
implementation at national level.
Metro Area Networks,
regulatory strategy, capacity building, funding and information
society development to provide digital broadcast, broadband, TV and
other media/infotainment services.