Study encourages Africa to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Internet

computers phil manker flickrPoor distribution of Internet in Africa should be seen as an opportunity for investment. (Image source: Phil Manker/Flickr)A study completed by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has found that African countries committed to the Internet and its potential are most likely to increase efficiency in different sectors that boost the economy

The study on Internet in Africa, released this month by BCG, stresses that the poor distribution of Internet in Africa should be seen as an opportunity for investment, and African nations must take advantage of innovations like mobile access and social networks.

Alexandre Gorito, one of the authors of the study, noted that the power of the Internet in Africa should not be undervalued.

"On the contrary, African companies and governments should focus on the Internet, understanding its potential and see it as clear competitive advantage," he said.

Gorito defended the adoption of a long-term view of investment in broadband infrastructure. A clear understanding that a good infrastructure helps increase levels of education and promote economic growth is another measure for the promotion of development through the Internet, he said.

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