“What do you mean? Of course Africia is on the internet”

Well, up until now Africa has mainly only been on a very slow version of the internet. You could check mails and do a bit of none too stranious surfing. But now East Africa is being hooked up to an off-shore fiber optics cable.

Apparently the project has been years on the way and it may sound a bit trivial but, believe me, it is not! Try to imagine some of implications…

Millions of new sellers and buyers on eBay. Unlimited access to information. On-line education. On-line medical help to people even in remote villages…

And do you know why the local governments have invested in this? They plan to make East Africa the new Call Centre Hub of the world. Imagine the effects in India.

So it is not just a question of some faster internet. It is the shifting of power.