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By Osito M. Ogbu, Paschal Mihyo

As is occurring within the industrialized North, the knowledge revolution might good rework the constructing international locations of the South. in reality, it really is already taking place. international locations that just a decade in the past appeared distant now have the capability to be energetic gamers within the approaches of world improvement. As those info and verbal exchange applied sciences (ICTs) emerge in Africa, they provide wish to the continent's formative years. This publication describes a brand new initiative to advertise the involvement of sweet sixteen in Africa's new info economic system. It studies latest infrastructure, the coverage atmosphere and its influence, and the feasibility of elevated ICT purposes in rural groups. it's going to entice decision-makers and ICT manufacturers and clients, in addition to to improvement pros, teachers, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in foreign improvement and data know-how.

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Major towns have sales and support outlets, as well as the capacity to give training in basic computer awareness. Additionally, the government has decided to introduce computer courses in secondary schools and make the subject examinable (students must pass the course). This is going to be a major impetus for the enhancement Table 2. Information-technology indicators, 1995 and 1998. 41 49 Nigeria Note: PC, personal computer. ITU (1996/97). html). a TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING ALPID 35 of IT awareness in the country.

It has progressively raised automation to the current level of 98%. As of 1997, only 5 500 lines were manually switched. This has generally improved the quality of service and increased the call-completion rate. Manually switched telephone exchanges are to be found in small trading centres in rural areas. This type of telephone exchange gives a reasonable quality of service for voice calls but remains problematic for data calls because of the need to manually dial a modem at the distant end. This problem has been overcome with new software.

Reporting — Jun and Dec Jun and Dec 10. Training community members on the use of ICTs Jun and Dec Source: Based on workshop deliberations. Note: ALPID, Youth Leadership Program for Information and Communication Technologies and Community Development in Africa; CBO, community-based organization; ICTs, information and communication technologies; LAN, local-area network. Activities ALPID will carry out some of the activities outlined below, such as setting up management structures and target groups and assessing community needs, early in the project.

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