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Factors that lead to difference in costs in developing countries.

Some of the factors which lead to difference in costs are;

(i) Low-cost, reliable communications infrastructure being built in rural areas. This goes hand in hand with increased awareness of the value-added services brought about by internet connectivity, which will in turn create the requisite demand and justify the massive financial and technological investment.

(ii)A supportive and effective legal and regulatory environment being created and maintained, to ensure competitive markets for communication services.

(i) Governments providing incentives to private sector investment that leads to the expansion of affordable internet accessibility to rural areas through a range of pro-active policy, regulatory and investment measures, including public-private sector partnerships, where appropriate. The ultimate measure of the value and impact of ICTs in development are the desired outcomes that have a bearing on the Millennium Development Goals, i.e., reduction in poverty levels, thriving African economies, reduced disease, increased literacy, etc.

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