APCNews – May 28 2009 – Mobile phones in Benin, demise of Africa policy site

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In Benin, no one seems to find it strange that in order to communicate with another mobile operator, you have to carry up to five SIM cards.  This situation, which has started to change in recent years, is due to years of cronyism and corruption in the past. APCNews explores the state of telecommunications in the African country from a rights perspective.  Next month, APC's ground-breaking Africa ICT Policy Monitor website will be taken offline as the editors focus on original analysis of the African policy landscape to be published through the quarterly newsletter Chakula. But as we say good bye to the monitor, a new internet rights initiative goes online: the radio version of the APC internet rights charter in Spanish.
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Benin: Where mobile users carry 3, 4, even 5 SIM cards to make a call

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) - The telecoms situation in Benin is unique. The array of mobile telephone enterprises established during Mathieu Kérékou’s regime has resulted in the average Beninese owning three, four, or even five SIM cards for their daily communication needs. Facilitated by corruption and skyrocketing prices, it was not until the arrival to power of the new president Yayi Boni in 2006 that reform in this sector began. Despite the current progress and lower prices, networks remain segregated and there is still much to be done in relation to ICTs and the standardisation of the telecom sector in a legislative and regulatory environment that is open to investment. APC investigates to find out more >> 

APC says goodbye to the Africa ICT policy monitor site

JOHANNESBURG (Chakula for APCNews) - Since the APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor started in 2001, significant inroads into raising the profile of the need for progressive ICT policy approaches in Africa have been made. The need for a portal like the Africa ICT Policy Monitor that collects and organises news and resources on a vast array of issues has diminished, but APC’s policy programme’s Africa wing will continue to report on issues of strategic importance through Chakula, a periodic newsletter. More >>

Internet rights charter goes audio in Latin America

MONTEVIDEO (AL for APCNews) APC and the Latin American Association for Educational Radio (ALER) have launched an audio version of the APC Charter on internet rights in Spanish, available on the web in the form of podcasts. More >>

New APC member May First / People Link : Redefining the way non-profits use the internet

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) - May First/People Link, a New York collective, has been hosting websites and providing technology solutions and support to the city’s non-profits since the late ’90s. They have doubled in size since 2005 to about 250 members – without government or foundation funding. During the US Social Forum 2007 they provided all the technology for the event and are in the middle of planning for the next USSF. Find out more about APC’s newest member. More >>

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