I’m in a back road in rural Zambia. As you can see there’s basically nothing around here. Even so my phone has pretty good internet service here. Today, even the most remote parts of Zambia have gone digital. To see that firsthand, we traveled a thousand kilometers from the capital, Lusaka, in a car on a plane on another plane and a boat, across a lake at through a swamp to an isolated island, and it’s as connected to the
digital world as any other part of Africa. — Before you needed to physically
send messages to people you know by way, the boat or by the canoe. This is Kunda Mwila. He grew up on this island, and has worked in the telecoms industry
for decades. — But now with the 3G we are able to just make a call on your mobile. Cell service, Wi-Fi, cable TV, satellite dishes all of this has something in
common; China. Private Chinese companies build
the infrastructure funded with loans from the Chinese government. Around the world Chinese-built networks are connecting places to the digital economy for the first time. But China is also giving governments unprecedented power to control the information on those networks. For young democracies like Zambia, that can be a blessing or a curse. We’re traveling around the world to find
out how China is changing basically everything. This week the internet.