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The Economist has an interesting prediction for east Africa: "In a couple of years even fairly poor east Africans may be getting knowledge, news and entertainment on robust versions of existing Apple iPhone and Palm Pre models." This prediction comes just after Kenya's president connected the first of three planned fiber-optic submarine cables. For a bit of background on what all this means and what it took to get to this point, see this post on All things Africa and ICT

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Meg
June 22, 2009

In addition to those links, the undersea cables open up the possibility of an entirely new industry in East Africa: business process outsourcing (BPO). With its large numbers of young, educated and English-speaking workers, the region has huge potential to compete against India as a new destination for business services. This newsletter about Uganda has an in-depth look at a local business seizing the opportunity to one of the first into this market: http://thewhitakergroup.us/wordpress/?p=771

Christian von Drachenfels
June 24, 2009

Here is another article highlighting some opportunities for developing countries and e.g. Kenya:
http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/en/articles/The-next-India