n Journal of Public Administration - The ICT sector meeting the NEPAD challenge : M-cell / MTN's contribution to the African Renaissance

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The spectacular developments that have taken place in electronics, computers, telecommunications, and broadcasting have ushered in the most significant period of social change since the invention of the printing press. Access to information and use of communication tools in Africa have until recently been largely in the hands of state monopolies. But now that the trend towards open democracy and more liberal market oriented policies has become established on the African continent, there is a marked improvement in the availability and diversity of information and communication channels. The article provides a comprehensive overview of global context and trends of Information Communication Technology (ICT), challenges and rising ICT in Africa, and the contribution of the M-Cell / MTN Group in bridging the digital divide in Africa. The M-Cell / MTN Group is a diversified multi-national corporation capable of delivering the full value chain of communication services : from fixed, mobile to satellite, with Internet companies, and multi-media content through barriers and mobile solutions. The M-Cell / MTN Group does not see its social responsibility as conflicting with its business objectives; rather, it sees its role as a good corporate citizen in helping to build a stronger business while contributing to the African Renaissance by improving the quality of life of the communities within which the company operates.

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