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In this paper we provide an overview of current broadband and future generation services and their possible deployment in rural areas on the African continent. We discuss the challenges for deployment. In general Broadband access and the future generation network in rural areas should be increased through any technology, including wireless, wire line and optical. To be economically viable, rural areas need access to health care, government services, educational and business opportunities. It is in our view that in the interim wireless, high-speed Internet can fill the broadband void in rural areas by providing a cost- effective, overall platform for some of the services.