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Author Cariolle, Joel
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
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Language English
Subject Keyword Sub-Saharan Africa ♦ telecommunications ♦ ICT ♦ Internet ♦ submarine cables ♦ infrastructures ♦ seismic risk ♦ digital divide ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Library and information sciences
Abstract This paper estimates the impact of fiber-optic submarine cables (SMCs) deployment on the digital divide in 46 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. It shows that the laying of SEACOM, MainOne and EASSy cables has yielded a 3-4% point increase in internet penetration rates. Moreover, it also shows that the reduction in landlocked countries’ digital isolation, following the laying of SMCs, has boosted Internet access and reduced telecommunication disruptions. Finally, it stresses that the arrival of SMCs may increase countries’ vulnerability to SMC faults, by showing how SMCs exposure to seismic risk lowers Internet and mobile penetration rates, and increases telecommunication disruptions.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2018-11-28