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As the continent catches up with broadband infrastructure, ICT demand will grow by a factor of 20 before 2020.
In order to meet these growing demands, effective ICT infrastructure will help to connect Africa to the global economy. The PIDA ICT Programme aims to build a continent with a modern information society and an integrated e-economy in which every government, business and citizen has access to reliable and affordable broadband – an e-Africa.
With rising demand for better and faster technology, the three ICT programmes are aimed at completing land fibre-optic infrastructure and installing internet exchange points in those countries without them so as to establish an enabling environment. Each country will be connected to at least two submarine cables, further enhancing inter-regional connectivity. These projects will boost broadband connectivity by 20 percentage points. The increased broadband penetration of 10% is expected to increase GDP by 1%.