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Exporting Communication Technology to Developing Countries : Sociocultural, Economic and Educational Factors :  Sociocultural, Economic and Educational Factors - Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi

Exporting Communication Technology to Developing Countries : Sociocultural, Economic and Educational Factors

Sociocultural, Economic and Educational Factors

Paperback Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780761814191
Number Of Pages: 256

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Exporting Communication Technology to Developing Countries analyzes the economic, cultural, educational, and political implications of exporting information technology to Africa. Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi tackles the numerous complexities related to the development of African telecommunications. He not only presents the technological aspects of telecommunications, but effectively depicts the cultural implications that must be considered. Ngwainmbi investigates and evaluates the history of African telecommunications, clearly showing the path that has led to its present state. He then assesses the potential for development within the countries of Africa upon the influx of technology from the outside world.

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Because its focus is a new research area, that of communication technology and development, and because the author himself comes from the targeted continent of this analysis, the book needs to be read by scholars and business-persons, as well as by neophytes.--Christian Agbobli

List of Acronyms
List of Tables, Charts, and Figures
Introductionp. 1
Communication Technologyp. 11
Telecommunication versus Communication Technologyp. 13
Communication Technologyp. 15
Computers as Communication Technologyp. 18
Computer Technology and Development in Africap. 33
Communication Tech.: The International Dimensionp. 34
A Brief History of the Information Societyp. 36
Exporting Technologyp. 38
Technology, Government and Lawp. 40
Foreign Telecommunication Companies: Market Dynamics and Servicesp. 45
Overviewp. 45
Technology and the European Marketp. 49
Telephone Historyp. 50
Products and Services in the 1990sp. 62
U.S.-based Networks in Africap. 67
Summaryp. 69
African Communities: A Case Studyp. 71
Background of the Studyp. 72
The Political Image of Africap. 72
Respondent Traitsp. 74
Study Limitationsp. 77
Survey Resultsp. 78
Summaryp. 89
Africa and the New Information Supermarketp. 91
Overviewp. 91
The African Mindp. 98
Strategies for Improving Servicesp. 102
The African Investorp. 102
Information Technology (IT)p. 103
Potential Benefits of IT to the African Economyp. 105
The Information Superhighwayp. 106
National Dilemmasp. 109
Indigenous Habits and Foreign Corporationsp. 110
Technology versus Performancep. 114
Education as a Communication Paradigmp. 117
Framework for Understanding the Technology's Financial Importp. 119
Networking in Academic Institutionsp. 11
Information Sourcesp. 120
Installing Communication Infrastructurep. 127
Conclusion and Further Suggestionsp. 128
Exporting Communication Technology to Africap. 131
Overviewp. 131
Local Information Technologyp. 133
Intelsat and its Servicesp. 137
Foreign Competitionp. 139
Exporter's Procurement Policiesp. 141
U.S. Telecommunication Export Policies Exportation Problems and Prescriptions for Solutionsp. 142
Telecommunication Services in Africap. 147
Summary and Further Suggestionsp. 151
Telecommunication Policies in Africap. 153
Overviewp. 153
Regulatory Framework in Other Developing Nationsp. 157
Privatizing the Industryp. 160
Telecommunication Status and Policy Update: Country Profilesp. 165
Further Discussions and Suggestionsp. 179
Using Information Technology for Grassroots Developmentp. 189
Overviewp. 189
Information Acquisition Techniquesp. 190
Biodiversity Conservationp. 192
Case of the Expatriatep. 194
The NGO Dilemmap. 196
Framework for Providing Telecommunication Services to Targeted Constituenciesp. 197
Applying Relevant Communication Technologyp. 201
Summaryp. 206
Recommendationsp. 207
Referencesp. 217
Appendix Ip. 223
Appendix IIp. 227
Appendix IIIp. 229
Author Indexp. 233
Subject Indexp. 235
About the Authorp. 243
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ISBN: 9780761814191
ISBN-10: 0761814191
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: June 2003
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38