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Tuesday 03 January 2012

At the start of the New Year, there is growing optimism in Africa about the benefits that broadband connectivity has brought to the continent. Calestous Juma, a Kenyan national and professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard University, joins Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson to talk about how the technology has enabled many countries to circumvent the many decades of relative stasis and lack of conventional infrastructures to allow Africans the same kinds of access to mobile phones and computers as enjoyed and taken for granted by people in other more prosperous parts of the world.

Click is also joined by Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and John Stenlake, the Chief Technology Officer at Living PlanIT to discuss the growing excitement about integrated systems and smart cities. What does the future hold when it comes to smart cities? Are they a pipe dream or a coming reality?


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  • Africa broadband

    Calestous Juma discusses the growth of broadband in Africa.

  • Smart Cities

    Scott Foster and John Stenlake discuss the future of smart cities.

  • Africa's mobile phone industry 'booming'

    Africa's mobile phone industry 'booming'

    Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, and is the biggest after Asia, an association of worldwide mobile phone operators has said

    Read more on the BBC News website
  • Africa's quiet digital revolution

    Africa's quiet digital revolution

    Facebook and Twitter may have grabbed the headlines during the Arab Spring uprisings but on the African sub-continent an altogether quieter digital revolution is taking place

    Read more on the BBC News website



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