ICT policy

Kenya: Killing two birds with one stone

JOHANNESBURG 24 September 2009 (Rebecca Wanjiku and Alan Finlay for APCNews)

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 networked world, write Rebecca Wanjiku and Alan Finlay…

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

MERIDA 24 September 2009 (Ysabel Briceño and AL for APCNews)

Gráfico del crecimiento de internetGráfico 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 install a NAP. APC research takes a look at the situation behind the deadlock.

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A review of telecommunications policy and challenges in Rwanda

By Albert Nsengiyumva and Emmanuel Habumuremyi (September 2009, APC )

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

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

By Wairagala Wakabi (October 2009, APC )

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.

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Kenya Communications Amendment Act (2009): Progressive or retrogressive?

By Rebecca Wanjiku (September 2009, APC )

This report unpacks this mixed reception to the Kenya Communications Amendment Bill (2007), outlining the media’s objections as well as the government’s response, and contextualising the tension between the two historically. At the same time, it asks whether the sector’s positive response to the Act was misplaced, given some worrying inconsistencies and omissions.

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International Links - Tuesday September 15th, 2009

The Independent, Uganda
International Links - Tuesday September 15th, 2009
16 September 2009

[...]"The Association for Progressive Communications reports that although Uganda was one of the first countries in Africa to develop a successful policy on universal access to telecommunications, high taxes may be undermining telecom growth."[...]

Milking a cow you don’t feed: Is Uganda starving telecoms growth through high taxes?

JOHANNESBURG 10 September 2009 (Wairagala Wakabi and Alan Finlay for APCNews)

Analysts argue that governments in cash-strapped developing countries often tread a tightrope between a need to shore up the state coffers for public spending, and a responsibility to address critical telecommunications access for the poor. Telecommunications make money – lots of it – and many governments know that this money can be used to fund basic services, such as water, housing and electricity. But in the process universal access promises go adrift, as is the case with Uganda’s high taxes on telecoms services, write Wairagala Wakabi and Alan Finlay.

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Battle for control of the internet in Peru

LIMA 30 July 2009 (Jorge Bossio and APCNews for APCNews)

In Peru companies like Claro or Telefónica ignore rules and regulations when the time comes to sign the contract with the end user. Moreover, they reserve the right to block certain types of internet traffic, like voice over internet, infringing on a principle referred to as “net neutrality”. In one of our latest investigations, APC analyses this principle and illustrates it with examples from both Peruvian legislation, as well as the practices of the telecommunications companies in the country.

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'Telecoms gorillas need independent regulator'

Business Report & Independent Online, South Africa
'Telecoms gorillas need independent regulator'
22 July 2009

A research article published in 2007 by Robert Horwitz and Willie Currie, from the department of communication at the University of California-San Diego and the Association for Progressive Communications, respectively, certainly supports Lewis' concerns about the regulator's lack of independence.

The paper examines how Telkom's controlling shareholders were allowed to dictate the government's telecoms policy in the years after its privatisation.[...]

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