ICT policy

Broadband internet access becomes a legal right in Finland, Universal access in Ecuador
Broadband internet access becomes a legal right in Finland, Universal access in Ecuador 16 October 2009

Very good news that according to CNN, Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right

Internet blackout in Niger:  Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable
Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable 13 October 2009

For twenty days in July, land-locked Niger was without internet connection owing to damage to the undersea cable which goes through neighbouring Benin, and on which Niger depends for 70% of its bandwidth. This APC investigation seeks to understand why this West African country is almost exclusively reliant on Beninese infrastructures, when an alternative satellite solution could have minimised the severity of the situation.

It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania
It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania 13 October 2009

By most standards, Tanzania’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy looks ambitious. In just six years, it wants to make the country a hub of telecommunications infrastructure to help build the economy and end poverty. But John Mireny argues that when it comes to broadband, this vision lacks practical application, and is out of step with the real limitations on the ground….

Written Submission to the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)
Written Submission to the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) 02 October 2009

Written Submission to the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) Open Consultations on Financial Mechanisms for Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development, to be held 8-9 October 2009, at Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society recognized that the issue of Financial Mechanisms for Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development was a significa...

Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs
Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs 29 September 2009

Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to announce the launch of the Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs.

Local internet traffic in Venezuela: More efficiency or more State control?
Local internet traffic in Venezuela: More efficiency or more State control? 24 September 2009

Gráfico del crecimiento de internetIn Latin America there is still a lack of universal access to telecommunications infrastructure in general and broadband in particuar. Some countries have chosen to develop national and local internet traffic through national access points (NAP) to keep prices down by avoiding international networks. However Venezuela has not yet taken the decision to instal...

Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone
Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone 24 September 2009

On 12 December last year – Kenya’s 44th independence-day celebrations – journalists, media owners and civil society activists took to the streets in Nairobi. They were protesting the publication of Kenya’s Communications Amendment Bill (2007) which was later passed into law. But the media protests overshadowed a more complex challenge that lies at the heart of policy convergence in a ne...

Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA): Collected research and articles
Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA): Collected research and articles 24 September 2009

The landing of undersea telecommunications cables on the east coast of Africa in 2009 – starting with Seacom and The East African Marine System (TEAMS) and to be followed in 2010 by the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) – creates an important opportunity for the countries of East Africa to develop affordable broadband access to the internet for all. However, this opportunity ta...

Bringing affordable telecommunications services to Uganda: A policy narrative and analysis
Bringing affordable telecommunications services to Uganda: A policy narrative and analysis 23 September 2009

This report analyses the challenges faced by the Uganda telecommunications sector in creating a healthy market structure, encouraging efficient and affordable services, and delivering services to the poor. It is divided into three parts.

A review of telecommunications policy and challenges in Rwanda
A review of telecommunications policy and challenges in Rwanda 23 September 2009

This report examines the implementation of telecommunication reforms in Rwanda, with particular attention paid to broadband issues.