This book examines the formulation of telecommunications in Africa, with explanations on how telecommunications affects economic development. In Africa, the Pan-African Telecommunications Network (PANAFTEL) is analyzed vis-a-vis its infrastructural programs to support the goals and objectives of the African economic development plan. The author's study was shaped by questions concerning the current state of African telecommunications development and the need to assess the role of PANAFTEL provision of telecommunications services designed to meet the defined African economic objectives. The historical maturation of PANAFTEL and its four sub-regional networks: PANAFTEL-North, PANAFTEL-West (ECOWAS-network), PANAFTEL-Central, and PANAFTEL-South (SADCC-network) are examined as well. For each sub-region there is a descriptive analysis of the infrastructure, technology, operation, and other associated developmental factors. On the future direction of telecommunications development in Africa, the author sheds light on the emergence of the Regional African Satellite Communication System (RASCOM) which could revolutionize African telecommunications.
Furthermore, the author makes recommendations for adding African telecommunications advancement, including the establishment of a Pan-African Telecommunications Academy and the establishment of a fund to support PANAFTEL initiatives by the developed member countries of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization.