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EA to achieve 3.6 pc broadband penetration by 2017

28 June 2013, 16:03 Samuel Kisika

Ericsson Company dealing in telecommunication products has promised to provide East African countries with broadband connection to spur economic growth.

Addressing the East African Communications Organization (EACO) delegates in their 20th conference, David Ochanda, the Ericsson Sub-Saharan Market Development Director said that broadband stimulates economic growth if well utilized.

"The more consumption of broadband the increased growth in GDP especially when users make use of productive applications by accessing relevant information for production," said Ochanda.

Ochande said that East African governments should initiate broadband promotion policies including shared infrastructure, technology network, acceleration of projects set up, harmonized spectrum and innovation to foster the technology.

"East Africa would attain a 3.6 % broadband penetration capacity by 2017 and governments have the mandate of establishing policies favorable for broadband usage," said Ochanda.

He added that a 10 % of broadband penetration in the region has seen it realize a 1 % GDP growth contributed mostly by the 44.4 % East Africa's population of the under 14-year-olds who majorly use social media.

Ochande further said that cyber-security education need to be provided to users for protection against tele-traffic attacks as far as Communication Ministries set up regulatory laws to curb the security malpractices.

He also said that the developing nations' broadband accessibility rate stands at 88 % compared to 138 % in developed countries.

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