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Bridging Africa's Broadband Connectivity Gap

Challenge

The challenge at hand is the lack of broadband internet access and the subsequent digital divide. Despite the increase in global internet users, many areas still lack optimal broadband network deployment. Reasons for this include inadequate network infrastructure, duplication of networks, and lack of advanced technologies. Further, barriers like unaffordability, digital illiteracy, economic, geographic, and demographic constraints keep many people disconnected. Traditional broadband mapping initiatives are plagued with shortcomings such as neglecting to account for demand, investment, and socio-economic factors, and often do not provide a highly granular spatial view.

Solution

To address these issues, a robust demand broadband mapping methodology has been developed. This involves quantifying broadband demand indicators, predicting current and future demand spatially, and providing information at sub-national administrative levels. It considers variations in demand across urban and rural areas and among different age and gender groups. The method also accounts for digital literacy and affordability issues. The innovation lies in the downscaling method that leverages open data sets and provides a granular view of the situation at the district and province levels. This information is presented through an interactive web-based map for easy understanding and decision-making. The ultimate goal is to guide infrastructure investment decisions and policies to effectively bridge the digital divide.

Client

  • European Commission

Category

Data Analysis, Data Management, Data Visualization