umarkalim writes: In an interview to Aljazeera, Les Cottrell at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory explains how Africa will actually 'leapfrog' the need to install hard-wired cables. He highlights that it is often overlooked that the continent is huge and that the countries are diverse. He says that "the cost of the infrastructure is quite high, especially if you have to connect every home with copper cables and fibre-optic cables
... I think in many cases Africa will actually 'leapfrog' the need to install hard-wired cables everywhere, and will be able to use different techniques such as the BRCK modem, the low-earth orbiting satellites or the 3G solutions to get connectivity to where they need."