Electricity production and distribution is now going through the same revolution that occurred when the mobile phone replaced the landline traditional telephone. And just as the telephone has an important impact on developing nations, efficient, clean electricity can have an even more important impact. Research conducted by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union based in Geneva, Switzerland) confirms that in countries with the lowest incomes, every 2% increase in Teledensity, that is, one line per 100 inhabitants in an area, increases the national GDP by 1%. In fact, for geographically isolated communities, and the people at the bottom of the economic pyramid, typical of the rural areas of many developing countries in Africa, connectivity equals productivity, and it is precisely this group of people that the present telecommunication models are not serving and cannot serve in an economically feasible manner.
The telecom business, in fact, has been a driver of growth in many urban areas in Third World countries, but this growth and development has not trickled-out into the rural areas. As a Late Late developer, Africa is poised to use the latest in technology to leapfrog developed countries in its quest to not catch up with, but surpass the west.
The next big evolution in Energy production and use lies in the implementation of smart grids and the implementation of renewable energy sources, many of which are readily available in many African countries. If I need to explain that ELECTRICITY is critical to the Economic Development of a country or continent, leave this site immediately.