On the Internet Connectivity in Africa

Published: November 19, 2015

Author(s)

Assane Gueye, Peter M. Mell, Desire Banse, Faical Y. Congo

Abstract

This study measures and documents growth of Internet connectivity in Africa from 2010 to 2014 with a focus on inter-country relationships. We evaluate both intra-continent connectivity as well as connectivity to other continents. An initial analysis reveals a modest increase in the number of participating countries but an explosive increase in the number of routers and network links. We then form the first country level topology maps of the African Internet and evaluate the robustness of the network. This includes a study of raw connectivity, pairwise shortest paths, and betweeness centrality. We then suggest how improvements can be made to the inter-country African connectivity to enhance its robustness without reliance on paths traversing multiple continents.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 7th EAI International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries
Conference Dates: December 16-17, 2015
Conference Location: Cotonou, -1
Conference Title: 7th EAI International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries
Pub Type: Conferences

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Keywords

Network topology, network communication
Created November 19, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017