Broadband access, cellphones and supply chains in Africa

An article in CNN Money(http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/19/ibm-the-african-revolution-no-one-should-ignore/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fortunebrainstormtech+%28Fortune+Brainstorm+Tech%29) describes the impact of a $ 250 million undersea fiber optic cable and the growth of cellphones.  Fishermen in Ghana use cellphones to find wholesale prices to choose the best option. Reduced internet costs are expected to boost the use of real time information. As Africa gets connected to the global trade, what impact can we expect on supply chains ? If individual farmers can be connected to global buyers, can the decreased number of middlemen improve supply chain efficiency and the plight of the farmer ? Would the wider access to elearning improve human capital and thus capability for outsourcing to Africa ?

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