News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 57 on 2 February 2001

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SOMALIA - AFRICA’S NEWEST MARKET IS TINY AND AWAITS A FULL PEACE

2 February 2001

For the optimist, Somalia is nearer to being busy reborn than busy dying. In these circumstances it’s hardly surprising it has been one of Africa’s last countries to get connected. Abdi Mohammud describes the currently tiny size of the market, the fierce competition for it and the prospects for future growth. The new millennium has brought Somalis two things: One, an interim government, known as the Transitional National Government, which was formed in exile in the neighbouring Djibouti. The country has been without a central government since the overthrow of President Barre in 1991. Secondly, the introduction of the internet.…