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Using Geospatial Analysis to Overhaul Connectivity Policies : How to Expand Mobile Internet Coverage and Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

Increasing access to the internet is one of the great challenges of our time and has grown in importance since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Around half the world’s population remains online, while in Sub-Saharan Africa just over a quarter of the population uses the internet. The region also accounts for almost half of the 450 million people around the world who do not live-in areas covered by 3G or 4G mobile networks. Connectivity gaps are a consequence of fundamental economic challenges around supply and demand. In a market-led environment, mobile operators will provide coverage where there is existing or expected demand for connectivity. Expanding mobile broadband coverage will partly depend on lowering costs and investments risks, but the main driver will be enhanced demand for connectivity services. Mobile technology is particularly important to drive connectivity forward in Africa, as it accounts for more than 98 percent of broadband connections.

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Using Geospatial Analysis to Overhaul Connectivity Policies : How to Expand Mobile Internet Coverage and Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/099720003142231831/P165747067f7380050ab5b07e59f78c7642