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Africa: Communication Minister Calls for Affordable and High Speed Internet in Africa

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According to an article published on allAfrica.com, the Minister for Communication, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, has called African States to endeavour to provide high-speed internet at very affordable price and one of good quality for the benefits of everybody, irrespective of their location.

Dr Omane-Boamah made the call during the second day of the Regional Development Forum (RDF) and Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa (RPM AFR) on World Telecommunication Development Conference, 2014 (WTDC 14) in Accra yesterday.

The minister noted that the objective of the WTDC-14 was to identify priorities for the development of telecommunications, information and communication technologies (ICTs), taking into account contributions made by the member-state and sector members as well as to adopt an action plan that would define the activities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) over the four- year period.

According to him, in the area of infrastructural development, Africa was constantly suffering from exaggerated and often inflated cost of building ICT infrastructure rendering the cost of services very high even after granting generous incentives to the private sector.

This, he said, was also in competition with other pressing national requirements for developments in health, education, agriculture and other sectors of the national economy.

Read more on allAfrica.com

 

Source: ISD (Edem Agblevor / Dela Doe)

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