Internet development in Africa: a content use, hosting and distribution perspective

Chavula, Josiah and Phokeer, Amreesh and Calandro, Enrico (2018) Internet development in Africa: a content use, hosting and distribution perspective, Proceedings of International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries, 29 November 2018, Dakar, Senegal, 131-141, Springer, Cham.

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Although a considerable investment in broadband infrastructure has improved broadband speeds across many African countries, the reliability and performance that users ultimately receive is determined also by the interconnection between networks and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and by where the content, services and applications are hosted. Often, high latencies to remote destinations introduce significant performance bottlenecks, suggesting that, in addition to investments in higher throughput links, effort should be devoted to improving interconnection between ISPs and locating content closer to the users. By untangling the complexity of content access, use, hosting and distribution in Africa, this study offers three main contributions. First, it discusses challenges related to usage, hosting, distribution of local content and services in Africa, by developing a case on African local news websites. Second, it makes publicly available measurement data and indicators for local content use, hosting, and distribution across all African countries. And third, it provides points of policy recommendations on how to improve internet access and use and infrastructure performance from a content perspective.

Item Type: Conference paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local content, web hosting, latency, peering, content infrastructure
Subjects: Computer systems organization > Architectures > Distributed architectures
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:31

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