Segments in this Video

Worldwide Internet (01:59)


Approximately 3 billion citizens are online with various plans to provide access to the remaining 4 billion. Africa has the lowest number of Internet connections and the biggest opportunity for progress.

Outernet Africa (03:11)

In Africa, 75% of people own mobile phones but only 1 in 5 has access to the Internet. Robert Mica and his team use satellites and radio frequencies to provide limited Internet services.

Free Internet Service (03:21)

Mica talks with Muruku residents about their Internet use. He uses a receiver to bring limited Internet to locals inside a movie theater.

Relating to Each Other and the World (02:52)

Achille Mbembe discusses the importance of mobile phones; he believes the Internet will play the same role. He discusses the acceleration of developments in Africa.

Capital Club, Nairobi (02:45)

Connectivity in Africa depends on where you are. Isis Nyong'o discusses mobile penetration versus the Internet and the unique markets in Africa.

Dismantled Borders (03:53)

Mbembe believes a densification of human and technological networks will reshape the African spatial map. Microsoft leads the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, companies advocating for the use of TV white spaces for Internet connectivity.

Nanyuki, Kenya (04:01)

Microsoft 4Afrika representative Louis Otieno presents an Internet access pilot project to a Ministry of Information official. Students access the Internet and discuss using a computer for the first time. Robert Mugo reflects on the future of Africa.

iHub, Nairobi (02:48)

Nairobi stands in stark contrast to the African countryside. Juliana Rotich explains the purpose of Nairobi's innovation hub and identifies several startups.

African Culture of Making (04:08)

The majority of Kenyans use the matatu system to get to work. Rotich believes it is important that Kenyans remember they are part of a lineage of makers. Mbembe states that the Internet responds to the drive associated in ancient African philosophies.

Connectivity Activism (03:10)

Despite South Africa having the largest fiberglass network, most citizens do not have access to fast Internet. Jabulani Vilakazi connects a fiberglass cable to a mast, providing a neighborhood with free Wi-Fi access.

First "Fiberhood" (02:43)

Parkhurst residents initiated the installation of one gigabyte per second Internet speeds; Cheryl Labuschagne explains why. Giorgio Iovino discusses the neighborhood security provided by independent companies.

Parkhurst Community Safety (04:17)

Labuschagne walks her dogs to the dog park. She discusses the "fiber to the home" security program. A resident discusses initial opposition to the high speed Internet cables.

Technology and Improving Lives (03:22)

Iovino believes more communities will follow the Parkhurst example. Mbembe discusses the "utopian dimension" of technology; the Internet has become a religion. See a Safaricom commercial.

Mwiogo, Northern Kenya (04:49)

Blogger Chris Baraka reflects on the African countryside without electricity and the Internet. He visits a cantina where he can use Wi-Fi and work online. Mbembe discusses the possibility of the new Apple developing in Africa.

Credits: Access to Africa: Internet and Connectivity (00:35)

Credits: Access to Africa: Internet and Connectivity

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Africa still is the continent with the most ‘white spots,’ places without internet or mobile phone signal, and this holds a great promise for Africans and for the global technology companies that aim to enlarge their markets. More than 80 percent of all African households have mobile phones and in some of the 54 countries on the continent half of that number are smartphones. This program observes how Africa is getting connected and features prominent experts examining these developments such as; Achille Mbembe (philosopher), Juliana Rotich (iHub Nairobi), Robert Mica (Outernet), Bob Collymore (Safaricom CEO), Isis Nyong’o (former director, Google Africa) and Louis Otieno (Microsoft4Afrika). The people who live in the Parkhurst area of Johannesburg already have the fastest internet connection in the world because they want to organize their street’s security with very accurate HD cameras. The iHub in Nairobi is home to 150 start-ups. Some of them are developing an app that makes crowd information about public transport accessible. And in the north of Kenya old-fashioned radio waves are used to bring free broad-band internet. In principle, this method can be used anywhere in the world and it costs practically nothing. The African continent is a laboratory for all possible solutions. High-tech as well as low-tech pioneers come here to try their luck. Can Africa be a forerunner in the world of the future that is one big network?

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: EDP111596

ISBN: 978-1-68272-769-0

Copyright date: ©2015

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