Africa

New policy issue paper: The importance of convergence in the ICT policy environment
New policy issue paper: The importance of convergence in the ICT policy environment 05 October 2006 Kate Wild

This paper, by Kate Wild, was commissioned by the APC as part of the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA) initiative. It looks at the meaning and importance of convergence and considers some of the challenges to implementing it, along with strategies for overcoming them. It also provides a global perspective on regulating convergence and broadband from ITU and then looks at experiences in North America and Europe as well as regional and country approaches in Africa (PDF format).

New policy issue paper: Lowering the costs of international bandwidth in Africa
New policy issue paper: Lowering the costs of international bandwidth in Africa 05 October 2006 Mike Jensen

This paper was commissioned by the APC as part of the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa initiative and to contribute to APC’s efforts to promote open access to ICT infrastructure in Africa. According to the author, Mike Jensen, a variety of factors is responsible for the lack of acess to bandwith in Africa, but the biggest cause is the high cost of international connections to the global telecommunication backbones (PDF format).

DRC: Alternatives supports a multilateral initiative for ICT advocacy
DRC: Alternatives supports a multilateral initiative for ICT advocacy 05 September 2006 Sylvie Niombo for APCNews

Alternatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undertaking information and communication technology related activities in collaboration with the Multisectoral ICT Initiative (DMTIC). Since last June, Alternatives has been supporting a feasibility study and advocacy for an internet backbone for open access in the DRC.

STATEMENT: APC condemns imprisonment of pro-democracy bloggers by Egyptian authorities
STATEMENT: APC condemns imprisonment of pro-democracy bloggers by Egyptian authorities 02 June 2006 APCNews

APC condemns the unjust detention of free speech bloggers and journalists in Egypt. Alaa Seif Al-Islam, a seasoned blogger and APC colleague, is one of four Egyptian online diarists being held in detention for criticising the current regime since May 7. In addition, APC has heard disturbing reports about violent actions taken by state security against several of the bloggers who were released ...

East Africa needs a fair entry-ticket to afford cyberspace: Easing Access to EASSy
East Africa needs a fair entry-ticket to afford cyberspace: Easing Access to EASSy 08 March 2006 APCNews

Africa currently has to pay for some of the most expensive bandwidth in the world. All this will change if the proposed East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) cable is built as it will connect countries on the eastern side of the continent and if this new capacity is offered in a way that maximises use and lowers price. To help make this possible, APC is launching a new website “Fibre-f...

APC’s new “Community Wireless Connectivity” project: Starting work in Africa
APC’s new “Community Wireless Connectivity” project: Starting work in Africa 13 April 2005 Anna Feldman

APC’s latest initiative is looking to connect communities who don’t yet have internet access by skilling them to build their own wireless networks. The project covers the development of training materials in English, French and Arabic and workshops that will be adapted for different environmental, regulatory and climatic conditions. With four regional workshops in Africa in 2005, we’ll be...

Building human networks without wires: First community wireless workshop in East Africa
Building human networks without wires: First community wireless workshop in East Africa 13 April 2005 Anna Feldman

Most internet access relies on the availability of a reliable fixed telephone line and that can be a struggle to find in many parts of rural Africa. Wireless technology can by-pass the fixed-line problem. APC’s Anna Feldman has just returned from a wireless training workshop on Zanzibar where thirty five trainees learned how to set up their own connections and eventually – using antenna...

The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects
The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects 02 September 2004 Karen Higgs

The Fantsuam Foundation provides refurbished computers to civil society organisations and partners, runs computer training centres and offers the only internet connection for hundreds of miles around in rural Nigeria. All this in Kafanchan State where electricity is often unavailable and innovators power their computers using car batteries. The Foundation’s work is supported by a home-grown c...

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004 Karen Higgs

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programmes. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility which provides the first rural-based internet access in Kaduna State, if not in Nigeria. APCNews talked to Fantsuam’s director, John Dada, about the impact the new internet satellite connection is having on the community and the Fou...

Net Gains: African Women Take Stock of Information and Communication Technologies
Net Gains: African Women Take Stock of Information and Communication Technologies 16 June 2000 Colleen Lowe Morna and Zohra Khan

Results of research commissioned by APC-Women-Africa and FEMNET, working with organisations like the UN Economic Commission for Africa, in an attempt to ensure that the gender dimensions of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in Africa are brought to the fore.