ICT policy

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The Independent, Uganda
Don't miss this chance
21 July 2009

[…] A 2008 study by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on the effects of ownership of the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT-3/WASC) on the communications markets in Angola, Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal found that the potential of the cable had not been properly exploited. The study found that ownership of the cable by telecoms incumbents, such as MTN and UTL owning shares in EASSy in Uganda, reinforced their market positions.[…]

Broadband in the Andes: Alternatives to the free-market model

MONTEVIDEO 16 July 2009 (APCNews)

The Andean region has some of the lowest fixed telephone line, mobile telephony and broadband penetration rates of all Latin America, the continent with the starkest economic disparities in the world. In the 90s, Andean countries adopted new liberalisation and privatisation policies in order to attain universal access. Almost 20 years later, these promises have not been fulfilled. APC studied each country through national reports in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in order to understand this failure. As the State in countries like Venezuela and Ecuador has begun to play a more pro-active role, the research also analyses their effectiveness and the opportunities and challenges of this renewed involvement.

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Congo – internet access for a day’s wage

CALGARY 16 July 2009 (LC for APCNews)

In the Congo, people are paying for a service that cannot even meet their needs. Poor connectivity and staggering costs that can be as high as USD 2 make it difficult to promote widespread use of the internet. In a country where people earn as little as three or four dollars (US) a day, it is impossible for 97% of Congolese to even access the internet. And those who do, are not guaranteed to get what they need from it: it can take over an hour to download a single file. With the newly re-elected government back in power, ICTs are becoming an increasingly important issue for the country’s economic and social development. Will this new presidential term bring successful reforms to the sector? APC looks at the state of ICT policy in the country and the road ahead.

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Venezuela: Analysis of the proposal for reforming the Telecommunications, informatics and postal services law

By Sandra L. Benítez U., Adela Vivas y Luis Germán Rodríguez (June 2009, APC )
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Peru: Public strategies for new technologies in rural areas

By Roberto Bustamante Vento y Maicu Alvarado V. (June 2009, APC )
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Ecuador: Inputs from civil society for the formulation of the Communication Law

By Raquel Escobar Guevara (June 2009, APC )
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Venezuela: Fund for Universal Service

By Sandra L. Benítez U. (June 2009, APC )
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Peru: Fund for the Investment in Telecommunications

By Laura León Kanashiro (June 2009, APC )
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Ecuador: Fund for the Development of Telecommunications in Rural and Urban-marginal Areas

By Hugo Carrión Gordón (June 2009, APC )
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