APCNews - September 30 2008 - Year IX Issue 88
APCNews – September 30 2008 – Year IX Issue 88
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
In March 2008 statistics showed that just 3.6% of internet users in the world were from Africa. APC is advocating governments and business to “open up” infrastructure and regulate for lower prices. Mauritius did this and results look promising. You can read our recent studies now available in English, French and Portuguese and an interview with researcher, Abi Jagun on her analysis of connectivity on the west coast of Africa. Half a million used computers are sent to Nigeria each month but only 25% of them actually work. In the UK, it’s illegal to dump e-waste at home and an APC member says it’s time to tighten up the laws about dumping overseas.
- NEWS –
Why African governments need to listen to the case for “open access” to international communications infrastructure
SAXONWOLD (Lisa Thornton for APCNews) – Africa faces two serious challenges regarding internet connectivity – high prices and unreliable connections. The SAT-3/WASC cable, a submarine cable that runs from Portugal to South Africa, has the potential to help alleviate some of the connectivity challenges however, a study released by the APC in May 2008 and now in French and Portuguese written by Abiodun Jagun, reveals that the cable remains largely under-utilised. APCNews talks to Abi Jagun about her findings.
Cyber strategy: Mauritius case study
LONDON (Russell Southwood for APC) – As other African countries along the SAT-3 submarine internet cable struggle with the high costs of monopolised international bandwidth, Mauritius has encouraged a lowering of prices through price-setting. But Mauritius Telecom had lowered its rates even before the government scale came into effect. As a result, the Cyber Island has seen a significant increase in its call centre and outsourcing sectors. Can Mauritius provide lessons to countries that are looking to boost their economies? This study written by Russell Southwood for APC in May, and now available for the first time in French and Portuguese, examines the relationship between international bandwidth prices in Mauritius and the impact of its Cyber Island strategy.
World’s largest non-profit supplier of refurbished computers launches campaign for action against toxic trade
LONDON (Computer Aid) – APC member Computer Aid is urging the UK government to take action against the illegal dumping of e-waste (computers, hard drives, cd roms, etc.) in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and China. It is calling on the government to provide adequate funding for the Environment Agency to effectively police and prevent e-waste from being exported to the developing world. The campaign also targets commercial traders that are abusing re-use and recycling initiatives and computer manufacturers that are turning a blind eye to their equipment being dumped in these countries.
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