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The Internet Diffusion in Sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-country Analysis

  • Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Banji

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    (United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies)

  • Lal, Kaushalesh

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    (United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies)

In this paper, we employ the notions of digital inequality and digital divide to describe two levels of access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). On the one hand there is the inequality of access to the cluster of technology measured by Internet use intensity and on the other are the confluence of skills and other resources that differentiate countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Using cross-country data, we test hypotheses developed from a review of the literature from which we draw preliminary conclusions on the nature and pattern of digital access in the region. The variables are analyzed through a simultaneous equation system because the high correlations ruled out the use of a single econometric model. The paper confirms the vital importance of telecommunications infrastructure - represented by the high correlation of telephone density - with Internet use, no matter the per capita income level of a country

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  1. Lars-Hendrik Roller & Leonard Waverman, 2001. "Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development: A Simultaneous Approach," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(4), pages 909-923, September.
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