ICT policy

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

CALGARY 13 October 2009 (LC for APCNews)

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.

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

By Willie Currie (October 2009, APC )
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Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICTs

Montevideo

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.

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."[...]

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