Journal of
Internet and Information Systems

  • Abbreviation: J. Internet Inf. Syst.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6478
  • DOI: 10.5897/JIIS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 21

Full Length Research Paper

Information Communication and Technology (ICT) diffusion and inequality in Africa

Monsoï Kenneth Colombiano KPONOU
  • Monsoï Kenneth Colombiano KPONOU
  • Economics and Management Faculty of Abomey-Calavi University, Bénin.
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  •  Received: 06 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 09 August 2017
  •  Published: 31 August 2017


This study aims to examine the link between inequality and diffusion of Information Communication and Technology (ICT). It focuses on a set of 32 African countries. ICT diffusion rate for all the countries was calculated. Two estimation techniques were used: Fractional Regression Model method and Ordinary Least Squares. The results indicate that inequality contributed to the development of ICT in all the countries considered. These results also showed that human capital and the level of development have a positive effect on ICT diffusion. It was also found that institutions play a catalytic role in the adoption and diffusion of ICT.


Key words: Inequality, information technology and communication (ICT) diffusion, Africa, fractional regression model.