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GreenNet: 30 years making internet history
GreenNet: 30 years making internet history 09 November 2016

The APC European members meeting that took place on 19-20 October 2016 in Sarajevo was the perfect venue for Leila Nachawati Rego from APCNews to meet Edward Maw and Karen Banks from GreenNet, one of APC’s founders and the first organisational member of the network. They reviewed GreenNet’s long and fruitful relationship with APC, its groundbreaking past as the first NGO internet service provider in Europe, and what lies ahead. In 1985, long before the web, dot-coms and social media, a bu...

Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it
Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it 13 April 2016

In a new position paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap. Affordable and reliable internet access has become a vital means to exercise fundamental human rights and support development. In the words of former UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, “the internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in th...

Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration
Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration 18 March 2016 Mike Jensen

Advances in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression. But these technology advances are also leading to unprecedented industry disruption along with consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media. Satellite and c...

Pro-poor ICT access toolkit
Pro-poor ICT access toolkit 29 September 2011 APC

To reduce poverty and foster inclusive development through affordable access to the internet, APC produced a resource kit for realising a universal access agenda, present promising options, experiences, lessons and opportunities in pro-poor access provision in developing societies. This kit consists of three modules, each focusing on a different topic: Policy and regulation; Advocacy strategies...

TV white space spectrum workshop looks at Kenya and South Africa
TV white space spectrum workshop looks at Kenya and South Africa 10 August 2011 APC

Unused TV white spaces could be the way to get highspeed wireless internet to millions living outside major African cities. Manufacturers are gearing up for mass production of white space devices and now is the time to act. APC and partners offer an important workshop for govt officials, regulators and professionals in October. The African continent is on the cusp of a broadband transformation ...

Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study
Open spectrum for development: South Africa case study 18 February 2011 Steve Song

Prior to 1994, spectrum in South Africa was managed by the state body responsible for its implementation. Thus broadcast spectrum was managed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and telecommunications spectrum managed by the state telecommunications provider, Telkom. This was generally uncontentious because, prior to the rise of mobile telecommunications and wireless broadband,...

More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria
More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria 24 January 2011 Fola Odufuwa

The telecommunications reform in Nigeria set the stage for the large-scale deregulation and liberalisation of markets, which allowed for hundreds of telecommunications and broadcasting licenses to be allocated. The country now has the largest number of radio stations (over 350 licenses have been issued) and the biggest mobile industry in Africa, whose mobile subscriber numbers comprise about 16...

Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study
Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study 16 December 2010 Fola Odufuwa

The telecommunications reform in Nigeria set the stage for the large-scale deregulation and liberalisation of markets, which allowed for hundreds of telecommunications and broadcasting licenses to be allocated. As it stands, any telecommunications operator that wants to transmit broadcast signals first has to obtain the telecommunications license and frequencies from the NCC, and then obtain th...

APC starts research into spectrum regulation in Brazil, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa
APC starts research into spectrum regulation in Brazil, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa 25 May 2010

Communication infrastructure is the foundation of the knowledge-based economy and while there has been a boom in the construction of undersea cables bringing potentially terabits of capacity to the African continent, the ability to deliver broadband to consumers is hampered by inefficient telecommunications markets and policies. Wireless connectivity offers tremendous potential to deliver affor...

Open Spectrum For Development: Kenya Case Study
Open Spectrum For Development: Kenya Case Study 16 December 2009 Muriuki Mureithi PhD

At the regulatory layer, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is a key actor with a legal mandate on spectrum management in Kenya. Kenya Communications Act 1998, Kenya Communications Act 2010, and subsequent subsidiary legislation as promulgated by the Minister define the CCK’s mandate. Appeals Tribunal arbitrates any disputes arising from implementation of the enabling legislation. Also ...

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