Models for the Development of Regional Telecommunications Networks in Africa

Mansur M. Nuruddin

in Telecommunications in Africa

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780195102017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854936 | DOI:

Series: Communication and Society

Models for the Development of Regional Telecommunications Networks in Africa

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This chapter describes the most feasible and reliable paradigms for the development of regional telecommunications networks, specifically in African countries. The discussion seeks to address the question on whether regional collaboration determines the sustainability of local communication technology systems. In order to evaluate the appropriateness of this kind of cooperation, a description of the Pan-African Telecommunications Network (Panaftel) is provided. Such a model brings doubt about the effectiveness and contribution of teamwork among the members of a particular community to the improvement and persistence of their own information transmission mechanisms. In line with this argument, three other models are proposed—the Appropriate Environment perspective, the Regional Satellite standpoint, and the International Aggregation outlook. Conclusions suggest an eclectic approach and a case-to-case basis procedure of dealing with the progress and maintenance of telecom linkages in every region.

Keywords: regional cooperation model; Panaftel; context-based strategy; eclectic approach; international relations

Chapter.  9939 words. 

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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