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This article examines telecommunications reform and related infrastructure and service developments in Southern African states. In focusing on this region, the article analyses the role of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the different associations and commissions it has created to develop the telecommunications sector and facilitate reform, which is essential to promote network efficiencies and extend the infrastructure to rural areas. As a regional organisation, SADC is poised to promote restructuring of the telecommunications sector in its 14 member states, as it seeks to achieve complementary national and regional programs and promote sustainable development and economic growth through regional integration.


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.