News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 42 on 6 October 2000

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AN INTERNET BOOM IN MOZAMBIQUE

6 October 2000

Despite being the second poorest nation in the world, Mozambique’s government has invested heavily in telecommunications and has sought to provide a sympathetic policy framework. Internet usage is booming almost despite the scale of the obstacles (including the access price) and many new developments are on the way. Artur Manhica assesses an unlikely success story.   Mozambique is the second poorest nation in the world. Things ought to be more difficult, tougher, and more important than that because you are in Mozambique, technology ought to cost more. Internet cafes in Maputo charge US$3.00 an hour for access and dial-ups cost…