Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa’s internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Youth technology training a the Masiphumelele Library in South Africa, April 8, 2013. Photo by Beyond Access via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0.Since the 1990s, several local and international efforts have been made by governments, telecommunications firms and development organizations to improve internet infrastructure networks in Africa.Yet, Africa still has the lowest internet penetration rate at below 40 percent compared to the global average of 58 percent in the world. Only seven African countries in the 2019 Networked Readiness Index top 100 rankings — with none in the top 70.Now, tech giants like …

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