News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 95 on 1 February 2002

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DRC - DESPITE LONG WAR, INTERNET GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY

1 February 2002

The Democratic Republic of Congo is an enormous country with a population of approximately 50 million people. Its capital Kinshasa alone is home to more than 5 million people. Its vast land-mass is currently divided amongst the many participants in its civil war. The telephone take-up rate is one of the lowest rate in world and its telephone infrastructure is very decrepit from years of corruption, neglect and war. The current period of "not quite war" has focused attention on its enormous potential. Despite all these unpromising factors, its internet services and users have grown across the many different provinces…