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ICANN on Africa’s Internet Market and Hub Offices: Interview with Brad White, ICANN’s Director of Global Media Affairs

Africa is increasingly becoming a key player in global business and essential resources like the internet will definitely be forming a critical part of this growth. At the end of 2012, Africa’s internet penetration rate was quoted as heading to 16%. While this is quite low compared to global rates, the continent has witnessed a sharp rise in internet usage in recent years and analysts say the increase is now poised to rise at tremendous rates as thousands of Africans come online by the day. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced a plan to open its first hub office in Istanbul, Turkey. The office will also cover Africa in addition to Europe and the Middle East. Bizrika conducted an interview with ICANN’s Director of Global Media Affairs, Mr. Brad White and put the following questions to him with regard to the role of the hub offices, ICANN’s approach to Africa and the overall outlook of Africa’s internet market. more

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James Barnley

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