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17 February 2012

Anriette Esterhuysen, director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), adds that TV white spaces technology is ideally suited to the provision of Internet services in rural Africa. Not only do television broadcast frequencies cover enormous geographic areas, but in Africa, there are very few broadcasters and therefore fewer opportunities for interference between different transmissions, she says. APC’s call for the deregulation of the TV white spaces spectrum is part of its wider campaign aimed at ensuring free and open Internet access for all people in SA.

New Publication by the Canadian Journal of Communication - Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters

Canada

The Canadian Journal of Communication has published a special issue titled Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters, V36 #1/2011.

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Digital transition in Senegal – let’s not forget the social costs

CALGARY 29 November 2011 (LC for APCNews)

For developing countries, digital broadcasting migration is yet another issue in a long list of challenges. In a new report written by Coura Fall for APC, the ICT (information and communication technology) expert explains that the transition presents more than economic challenges. Social challenges must also be taken into account.

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APC in Qatar for an interfaith dialogue on social networking

BUENOS AIRES 2 November 2011 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews)

Followers turned to Twitter to receive words of guidance from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and Muslim leaders during the London riots in August. APC’s Dafne Plou was in Qatar to follow how today’s religious progressives are using social networking to spread their messages.

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First things first: Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to continue digital migration

CALGARY 31 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

Nigeria has been ahead of the game when it comes to digital broadcast migration, and has set itself the bold target of completing the migration by June 2012. But a new report by APC reveals that things are not moving because the policy framework still has not been approved, meaning that Nigeria will not likely meet its target.

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To DVB-T or not to DVB-T? Ghanaian committee must make up its mind

CALGARY 28 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

As West Africa’s fifteen countries migrate to digital TV by 2015, the people responsible for the change-over in Ghana have been struggling to determine which technology to use. Meanwhile the process hasn’t developed much and most Ghanaians have not been informed of this upcoming migration, says the author of new research carried out for APC.

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Evaluation of Global Information Society Watch 2007-2010

By Debbie Budlender (August 2011, APC )
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APC publishes new issue paper on spectrum for development

CALGARY 20 October 2011 (LC for APCNews)

A new issue paper by South Africa-based ICT expert Steve Song for APC explains how wirless is crucial to bridging the digital divide. This article summarises some of the key points of his paper which is available for download.

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Chakula, an African ICT policy newsletter: Past editions

By APC (October 2011, APC )
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TV white spaces can open up low-cost high-speed internet across Africa: All we need is the regulatory go-ahead

JOHANNESBURG 13 October 2011 (KAH for APCNews)

“We have the skills, the entrepreneurs, a spectrum model we can replicate, the standards, the technology and clearly we have the demand” said South African Henk Kleynhans in the wake of a TV white spaces workshop in Johannesburg last week. “All we need is a regulatory go-ahead.”

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