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The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study
The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study 26 September 2008

As other African countries along the SAT-3 submarine internet cable struggle with the high costs of monopolised international bandwidth, Mauritius has encouraged a lowering of prices through price-setting. But Mauritius Telecom had lowered its rates even before the government scale came into effect. The Cyber Island has seen a significant increase in its call centre and outsourcing sectors. Can Mauritius provide lessons to countries that are looking to boost their economies? This study writt...

Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure
Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure 25 September 2008

Africa faces two serious challenges regarding internet connectivity – high prices and unreliable connections. The SAT-3/WASC cable, a submarine cable that runs from Portugal to South Africa, has the potential to help alleviate some of the connectivity challenges however, a study released by the APC in May 2008 and now in French and Portuguese written by Abiodun Jagun, reveals that the cable remains largely under-utilised. APCNews talks to Abi Jagun about her findings.

6th International Conference on Open Access
6th International Conference on Open Access 24 September 2008

Open Access in the context of Communication (Open Communication) means that anyone, on equal conditions with a transparent relation between cost and pricing, can get access to and share communication resources on one level to provide value added services on another level in layered communication system architecture.Open Access Conferences have been organized since 2003 with the objectives of sh...

Internet in Africa:  A well-organised racket
Internet in Africa: A well-organised racket 16 September 2008

Africans pay five to ten times more than Canadians do to access the internet. It is even more costly in rural settings, where a connection is often hard to find. However, what is even more scandalous is the fact that the consumers have no say. A walk on the dark side of the internet.    

New APC series on equitable access
New APC series on equitable access 04 August 2008

“Access to the internet is a thousand times cheaper in Scandinavian countries than in my village,” says Nigerian activist John Dada, who specialises in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development. In order to contribute to the discussion on what can make access to the internet real for people, specially the poor and marginalised, APC is launching a series on equitable...

Privatisation on its own can be dangerous, workshop told
Privatisation on its own can be dangerous, workshop told 29 July 2008

Privatisation without regulation does not necessarily improve service delivery, and may even decrease access to information and communication technology for the poor. This is the view of US-based academic and ICT policy analyst Robert Horwitz, who was speaking at a one-week research workshop held in Johannesburg in July 2008. Horwitz is no newcomer to South Africa, or to the politics behind ant...

Policies for equitable access
Policies for equitable access 25 July 2008

The majority of the world’s population is still isolated from the opportunities offered by the global revolution in information and communications technologies (ICTs) – and the poor are the hardest hit. This is the view of Ethiopian-based ICT expert Lishan Adam, whose issue paper Policies for equitable access considers policy interventions to rectify the imbalances between rich and poor wh...

Tools and technologies for equitable access
Tools and technologies for equitable access 25 July 2008

“Sometimes doing the wrong thing with technology is better than doing nothing,” says research associate at the South African-based Shuttleworth Foundation, Steve Song. And, he suggests, when it comes to technology, the unexpected should be encouraged to happen. Song, an open source advocate, was responding to an issue paper by technical activist Alberto Escudero-Pascual, entitled Tools and...

Capacity building for equitable access
Capacity building for equitable access 25 July 2008

Policy-makers and regulators “cannot be supermen and superwomen,” says African information and communications technology (ICT) policy analyst Professor F.F. Tusubira. Instead, he says, they need to create an environment where “savvy” entrepreneurs can bring value to customers. While there are many points of agreement on how to understand the key challenges facing policy activists who wa...

Business models for equitable access
Business models for equitable access 25 July 2008

Grassroots communities need to get their hands dirty in shaping how information and communications technologies (ICTs) affect their lives, rather than passively leaving it up to governments and big business to decide. This is the view of Kenyan-based ICT consultant Muriuki Mureithi, whose issue paper, Business models for equitable access, looks at ways of making ICT for development projects s...