This “Internet Weather”-like map shows the network performance measured from Trieste Italy to African Universities, from April 2007 to March 2008. Darker red dots indicate higher speeds such as enabled by ADSL or better. Clearer, lighter red dots indicate lower speeds, in some cases as poor as 56kbps modems. If a site is unreachable its dot disappears, so flickering dots indicate fragility. If all dots disappear the measurement host experienced an outage. Africa’s network performance is over 10 years behind that of Europe and the US and falling further behind. These measurements are made by the international PingER project and provide hard evidence of the extent of the Digital Divide for planners and policy makers. A high-quality version of this video is available upon request.
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