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Telecoms boom leaves rural Africa behind

A man makes a call on a mobile phone in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam

A man makes a call on a mobile phone in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam

A man makes a call on a mobile phone in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam
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Alpha Abdulai Barrie, a 22-year-old agent for telecoms firm Africell, sits at his stall at Lumley Junction in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam

Alpha Abdulai Barrie, a 22-year-old agent for telecoms firm Africell, sits at his stall at Lumley Junction in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam

Alpha Abdulai Barrie, a 22-year-old agent for telecoms firm Africell, sits at his stall at Lumley Junction in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Simon Akam
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