On a recent trip to Uganda in Africa it became obvious that the continent is on the pathway to experience a wave of initiatives connecting people together. Coca Cola signs are no longer predominant along the streets. Now the flashy ads from telecom providers fill the visual space with promise and hope. Mobile communication in Africa is becoming available everywhere. Internet connectivity is going the same way as much of the infrastructure is built around mobile technology. Though slow many places, it is there and available. SIM cards can be purchased at prices that make them available to everyone. National infrastructures are being developed thanks to competition. Along the coastline of the African continent fibre optic cables are being run and increasing amounts of nations are already connected. In French speaking West Africa several nations already enjoy the opportunity of being connected to the world. Past the middle of the year we will also see east Africa connected as Mombasa, Kenya becomes the entry point of another fibre optic cable.
New opportunities are on the horizon. Many have vision that will be served as technology catches up. It is time to prepare the ground and be ready to move as it becomes available. Teaching and training, cultural expressions, giving and receiving, celebrations and much more is about to be released from the continent. We welcome these opportunities!
A couple of links for more information: EASSY (http://www NULL.eassy NULL.org/index NULL.html) / SEACOM (http://www NULL.seacom NULL.mu/index2 NULL.asp) (GENESIS takes no responsibility for content on external websites)