The case for "Open Access" communications infrastructure in Africa: the SAT-3/WASC cable - a briefing

A. Jagun

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Abstract

This study examines the impact the SAT-3 fibre optic submarine cable has had on telecommunications in four African countries has found that the potential of the cable has not been properly exploited. Instead, ownership of the cable by telecoms incumbents in the countries researched has reinforced their market positions. The study analyses the effect ownership of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT-3/WASC) has had on the communications markets in Angola, Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal. It focuses on the 'Africa section' of the submarine cable -running along the west coast of Africa down to southern Africa- with a specific emphasis on access and cost.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelville, South Africa
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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West Africa
open access
communications
infrastructure
market position
Angola
Senegal
Cameroon
Southern Africa
Ghana
telecommunication
communication technology
market
costs

Keywords

  • fibre optics
  • submarine cable
  • telecommunications
  • Africa
  • international development
  • internet

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Melville, South Africa, 2008. 34 p.

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