Opportunities for Universal Telecommunication Access in Rural Communities: A Case Study of 15 Rural Villages in Nigeria’s Kwara State

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dc.contributor.author Bello, Olayiwola Wasiu
dc.contributor.author Opadiji, Jayeola Femi
dc.contributor.author Faruk, Nasir
dc.contributor.author Adediran, Yinusa Ademola
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-16T21:52:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-16T21:52:11Z
dc.date.issued 2016-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Bello, O. W., Opadiji, J. F., Faruk, N., & Adediran, Y. A. (2016). Opportunities for universal telecommunication access in rural communities: A case study of 15 rural villages in Nigeria’s Kwara State. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 17, 139-163. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21625 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21625
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21625
dc.description.abstract The goal of universal telecommunication access is to make telecommunication infrastructure available to everyone irrespective of their geographical location, income level, age, gender or other discriminatory parameters. Despite substantial efforts to close the digital divide, developing countries still encounter daunting challenges in making access truly universal. In this article, the authors report on an exploratory field survey of 15 rural communities in Nigeria’s Kwara State to document their perception of the effects of rural telecoms access on their livelihoods. Results revealed mostly positive effects in respect of economic growth, poverty alleviation, health education, primary healthcare delivery, and reporting of epidemic outbreaks such as the recent Ebola crisis. However, little impact on quality of government service was recorded, as awareness of participation in governance and socio-political issues was found to be very low. The article discusses some areas in which universal telecommunications access can be expected, going forward, to address the needs of communities in rural and remote communities.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Opportunities for Universal Telecommunication Access in Rural Communities: A Case Study of 15 Rural Villages in Nigeria’s Kwara State en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 17 en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
ddi.keyword universal access, rural telecommunications, Kwara State, Nigeria
dc.description.librarian CA2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21625
dc.citation.issue 17 en_ZA
dc.description.url www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8764-097X
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4433-8348

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    Thematic Issue: Economic Regulation, Regulatory Performance and Universal Access in the Electronic Communications Sector

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