Telling it like it is, internet style.

Author:N'gong, Justin
Position:Internet in Africa - Letter to the editor

Your East African correspondent Wyc-liffe Muga's (African Business, April 2009 issue) experience in journalism must have given him a very wide understanding of the media but perhaps it has sheltered him from the reality of the ordinary person. We look forward to the day when the internet is as widely available in Africa as he foresees.

East Africa itself is the last region in the world to be connected to the global internet grid. Perhaps he is also shielded from the high cost of internet access for the ordinary person and it is time the cost of it is brought down. It is not so much a question of the cost of an internet service provider such as our mobile phone operators who all sell dongles to plug into computers to provide wireless connectivity, but it is the cost of the hardware itself which is such a daunting...

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