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Mass market Internet is about to occur in Zambia

May 31, 2013  »  MobileNo Comment

Internet growth is not moving in Zambia despite a shift from satellite to fibre. A year ago, it was predicted that mass market Internet use could occur for the first time in Zambia within a year. That time is now.

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Coverage is getting better in Zambia but many areas still lack reliable mobile Internet access. {SlideShare}

The question isn’t simply whether 2 million Zambians can use the Internet this year. Instead, the question is whether we can also give them all the content they need.

  • Internet still expensive
  • Lack of awareness of its usefulness
  • Lack of Zambian web content
  • Too few (affordable) Internet devices

Why the Internet is expensive in Zambia:

  • Nearest peering point is in London
  • Terrestrial cable is more expensive than undersea
  • Most traffic is international
  • The ISP has to provide new last-mile infrastructure
  • Power and security issues create cost
  • Areas outside Lusaka are more expensive
  • ICT literacy levels are low
  • Up to 40% of an ISP’s income goes to taxes

Also:

  • Facebook needs localization
  • health and agricultural information is key
  • language is critical
  • iSchool.zm is home to e-learning content for the Zambian curriculum

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