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Given that we have established a pattern of how Internet shutdowns tend to happen across Africa, how do we ensure they do not happen in African countries and also, as important, how do we punish governments that shutdown the Internet?
Long before mobile phones were popular in Africa, and even in Western countries such as the USA, Zaire (present day Democratic Republic of Congo) already had a reported 3,000 mobile phone subscribers on the first ever mobile network in Africa.
When you operate at the scale MTN operates, operating and investment capital is not sufficient. Political capital goes a long way to solving problems, but sometimes, as is now possibly the case in Afghanistan, it can backfire.
Africa is now surrounded by several high speed subsea cables connecting it to North and South America, Europe and Asia. What is more important than subsea cables is terrestrial fiber cables connecting various African countries together.
African countries are among the lowest with regards to Internet speeds but they have the most expensive telecommunications and Internet costs.