This volume features contributions from a conference held in
Lusaka, Zambia, to explore the role and prospects of broadband in
Africa as a video platform with emphasis on the strategies and
building blocks for deployment and advancement.
While it may seem that such networks and their applications are
not a realistic scenario for developing countries, it would be
short-sighted and economically dangerous to ignore the emerging
trends. The pace of introduction of next-generation networks in
industrialized countries is rapid and the developing world will not
be able to stand aside.The risks of falling behind are great and in
any country there will be elements of business and society who wish
to forge ahead. Policymakers and network architects need to be
prepared.Media companies and broadcasters, in particular, must be
alert to the new developments as should be medical and educational
institutions. The availability of advanced high-speed business
application tools in a country will affect its participation in
international transactions and its economic growth.
This volume features contributions from industry leaders,
policymakers and scholars, representing a variety of perspectives,
including technology and infrastructure management, economic
development, marketing, education and health.The authors
collectively discuss how broadband deployment as a platform with
sufficient speed for video may be encouraged by public policy and
regulation and how investment in broadband for this and related
purposes can improve the quality of life and experience in Sub
Saharan Africa in media and data, while being a financeable,
commercially sound business.
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