Access

South African National Broadband Forum
South African National Broadband Forum 10 March 2009

APC is currently building a coalition of civil society organisations and businesses to campaign for the lowering of costs associated with the internet in South Africa. The project being carried out with the support of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) will mobilise a number internet service providers (ISPs), communications workers, content providers, academics, alternative energy experts, a number of civil society organisations and private sector associations to advocate f...

Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay
Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay 09 March 2009

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social development in the poorest communities.

South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy
South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy 04 March 2009

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

South African National Broadband Forum
South African National Broadband Forum 20 February 2009

Access to broadband is an imperative for the full expression of citizenship in today’s world. With affordable broadband, the enormous potential for socio-economic, cultural, and educational development in South Africa can be realised. The Association for Progressive Communications; South Africa Connect; SANGONeT (Southern African NGO Network); and The Shuttleworth Foundation are convening a...

Watchdog report tackles the issue of unequal access to the internet and the information society in 2008
Watchdog report tackles the issue of unequal access to the internet and the information society in 2008 02 December 2008

GISW 2008How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.

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. Ca...

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 ca...

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...