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Cwele calls for regional, national data centres across Africa

Siyabonga Cwele says while growing access to the internet is important issues of building trust also matter.

The World Economic Forum on Africa is taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele has told the World Economic Forum Africa meeting in Kigali that Africa should have its own regional and national data centres to build trust when using the internet.

He's been talking about how the digital market place could change Africa's economy in the Rwandan capital.

Meanwhile, Graca Machel has outlined her plans to help start a new pan-African university.

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Cwele says while growing access to the internet is important issues of building trust also matter.

"Where are these data centres? I think if we have to increase uptake in Africa we really have to assist in having regional data centres or national data centres so that at least there is some trust."

On the other hand, Machel says the new African leadership university will change higher education in the continent.

"It's what we can call our creative disruption, it is a new concept which is being shaped by Africans."

The university's leaders say higher education in Africa is broken as elites send their children overseas and everyone else tries to learn without proper resources.

LISTEN: WEF Africa 2016 update.

Furthermore, Cwele says when it comes to building faster data cellphone networks it might be a mistake to force companies to build parallel networks and compete with each other.

"When we started our networks in South Africa we pushed people to build thorough networks and that's very costly so movement to sharing networks will be key moving forward."

He says the roll out of higher speed data networks may be different to the way voice cell phone networks were built.

"People are competing just on the infrastructure, if you're small we've captured the market you can't participate."

The telecommunications minister says the whole industry needs to think more carefully.