Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Chris Allen
This study is a quantitative analysis of the relationship between telecommunication infrastructure and economic development in Botswana from 1995 to 2003. The study used Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita as a measure for economic development and telephones per 100 people as a measure for telecommunications. A statistical correlation test was used to analyze the relationship between telecommunications and economic growth. The results of the analysis found that the two are significantly related. Looking at the results of this study, they reaffirmed the claim made by numerous previous researchers that indeed telecommunications is positively linked to economic development. However, it still remains to be seen how the relationship between telecommunication infrastructure and economic development occurs. This study also looked at telecommunication regulation and liberalization. From the results of this study, it is concluded that regulation stimulates economic development through market access.
Kgodungwe, Thapedi, "Telecommunication, Regulation and Economic Development in Botswana: A Quantitative Analysis" (2004). Student Work. 1471.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2004, Thapedi Kgodungwe