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With the improvement of the environment for networked readiness, most urban areas in African countries have local Internet access in virtually every major city.
However the “digital divide” is still at its most extreme, in absolute terms, networked readiness is still at a very early stage of development compared to other regions of the world, of the approximately 816 million people in Africa in 2001, it was estimated that only:
- one in 130 have a personal computer (PC) (5.9 million);
- one in 160 use the Internet (5 million);
Another problem is that the brain drain and generally low levels of education and literacy have together resulted in a great scarcity of skills and expertise (at all levels, from policy making down to the end user).
Meanwhile the use of public access facilities and corporate or academic networks is continuing to grow at greater rates than the number of dial-up users. Evidence of this pattern can be seen in the deployment of international Internet bandwidth, which is still expanding faster than the number of dial-up subscribers.
Another aspect of Africa ICT is the underutilization of existing computer resources, often an office may have many machines but only one connected to the Internet, and there is a preponderance of stand-alone computers, indicating limited use of Local Area Networks.
This usually means that there is competition for the Internet-connected machine and a shared e-mail account, which is not effective use of the Internet.
The high cost of computer hardware in Africa has a major impact on the continent’s ability to improve networked readiness, as this cost is often the largest component of network start-up budgets.
Bumastec has positioned itself to participate in the improvement of the continent network readiness.