Jean-Paul Adam, director of technology, climate change and natural resource management at the United Nations African Economic Commission, said the continent needed about $ 100 billion to access fast and affordable Internet service to consumers by 2030.
The brown continent is facing more difficulties than other regions of the world, in light of its lack of suitable internet that will enable it to face the repercussions of the Corona virus.
The UN official said, in a statement obtained by "Al-Ain News" that a copy of it, that only 17.8% of families in Africa have internet at home, noting that the continent represents only 21% of Internet users around the world.
Adam said Africa is contributing less than 1% to the global digital economy.
It is estimated that more than a quarter of a billion children in Africa's schools were prevented from continuing their education due to the Corona pandemic, and were unable to continue learning online due to the lack of digital tools.
Paul stressed that reliable and high-speed Internet is the key to ensuring that health institutions are able to access the global information network and resources to combat Corona.
He said that the cost of technical infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to accessing good internet in Africa.
He continued: "The average cost of 1 GB of data on the continent is 7.12% of the average income, and in some countries the percentage reaches 20%."
He stated that the continent needs to harness the potential of new and emerging technologies including big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc.
He continued: "I am optimistic that the African Free Trade Area will provide a quick gateway to the future, especially given the effects of the Corona pandemic."
The UN official praised the community's response by digital means during the Corona epidemic.
He said, "Despite the limited connectivity across the continent (with almost 40% of the population online), the digital response to the Corona pandemic was impressive.
He cited the experiences of Ghana and Nigeria, who used mobile applications to track people with Coronavirus.