As telecoms operators and their executives get ready to descend on Kigali for the 2023 edition of the Mobile World Congress Africa conference, one item that is likely to be on the agenda — officially or unofficially — is a push to get the likes of Google, Facebook and Netflix to share in the costs of building and maintaining network infrastructure. 

In the same way that vehicle owners pay taxes to keep national roads in good repair, telecoms are increasingly calling for internet companies to pay for part of the upkeep and expansion of telecoms networks, which are essentially the roads or highways of the internet. ..

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