East Africa’s top experts on fibre optics communication and technology gurus have met in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.The meeting, themed “Optical Infrastructure for One African Digital Economy”, explored ways in which fibre optic networks can contribute to Africa’s economy. African countries have accelerated efforts of connectivity with governments and investors extending networks deep in the heart of the continent. Only 18 per cent of the African continent are connected to the internet, the lowest rate in the world, compared to 78 per cent in Europe and 81 per cent in North America. However, internet penetration has increased significantly. Despite the numerous challenges, there is considerable activity being made on developing broadband infrastructure throughout the continent.

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