7 minutes | Aug 6th 2020

Connecting Africa to the Internet

Over approximately the past decade, Facebook has been investing millions of dollars into telecommunications infrastructure and partnerships to connect Africans to the Internet. What hasn't been clear during this period is whether or not these telecommunications infrastructure projects and partnerships are making an impact on reducing the digital divide. A recent study conducted by Analysys Mason highlights how Facebook's investments in infrastructure and connectivity across Africa could deliver over $57 Billion in economic benefits over the next five years (2020–2024). This is partly because, as demonstrated across different countries and communities, once you provide people with Internet access they are exposed to more opportunities. In this episode of the iAfrikan BYTES podcast Kojo Boakye, Africa Director of Public Policy at Facebook joins us to share more information on Facebook's connectivity infrastructure projects and partnerships across Africa.