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Internet Access in Africa: An Empirical Exploration

Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka and Catherine Nyaki Adeya ()
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Catherine Nyaki Adeya: United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies

No 5, UNU-INTECH Discussion Paper Series from United Nations University - INTECH

Abstract: Using empirical and new field data, this exploratory study investigates the pattern of adoption of constraints to the use of the Internet in Africa. Cross country exercise using regression shows that Internet use is constrained by structural as well as cost-related factors. Field data from interviews of over two hundred academics in ten universities in Kenya and Nigeria confirmed much of the aggregate country level findings. Our study found that initial investment cost of end-user equipment limits the ownership of PCs, compelling academics to seek Internet access in cyber cafes and other public places.

Keywords: Internet access; Africa; Adoption; Universities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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