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This article examines the organisational structure and strategic plans of the African Telecommunica- tions Union (ATU). Although the ATU has been restructured to include private telecommunications entities as asso- ciate members, it remains essentially an inter-governmental agency. The article assesses the benefits of a regional approach to telecommunications reform and proposes that regional economic organisations replace the nation states as members of the ATU. Although the goals of the ATU, as articulated in its strategic plans are laudable, clearly de- fined benchmarks and specific strategies to achieve them are needed to make the organisation more effective.


African Studies | Communication | Infrastructure | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation


This is the author’s final manuscript version, post-peer-review, of a work accepted for publication in Telecommunications Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. This version has been formatted for archiving; a definitive version was subsequently published in Telecommunications Policy as referenced in the recommended citation.