Most developing countries face financial, geographical, infrastructural, and power constraints that have largely prohibited development of reliable communications networks, data centres, and local ICT-related activity – all of which could be contributing to socioeconomic growth and development. This situation is particularly unfortunate since emerging economies stand to gain a great deal from the benefits associated with telecommunications and related ICT advances that make distance obsolete. Yet ICT-related development cannot move forward unless the energy to power the technology is sufficient, affordable, and reliable.
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