telecommunications reform

It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania
It’s not enough to have a pushy broadband policy in Tanzania 13 October 2009 John Mireny

High speed internet cablesLike its East African neighbours, Tanzania shares an unwavering faith in high-speed broadband. Broadband, the story goes, will be the panacea to myriad societal woes – including poverty, poor education and health services, and a lack of government services. Optical fibre running through the heart of the country has the potential to change the country’s social and economic fabric for good. This faith is backed-up by policy. Broadband is one of the centerpieces of...

Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA): Collected research and articles
Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA): Collected research and articles 24 September 2009 APC

The landing of undersea telecommunications cables on the east coast of Africa in 2009 – starting with Seacom and The East African Marine System (TEAMS) and to be followed in 2010 by the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) – creates an important opportunity for the countries of East Africa to develop affordable broadband access to the internet for all. However, this opportunity takes place against a backdrop of the implementation of telecommunications reform policy over the last...

A review of telecommunications policy and challenges in Rwanda
A review of telecommunications policy and challenges in Rwanda 23 September 2009 Albert Nsengiyumva and Emmanuel Habumuremyi

The period after the 1994 genocide marked a moment of fundamental change in Rwandan communications. The government embarked on a policy that aimed to increase connectivity as a spur to development. This meant that the sole state-owned telecommunication company at the time, Rwandatel, would be treated differently by setting up an independent regulatory body known as the Rwanda Utilities Regulato...

Kenya Communications Amendment Act (2009): Progressive or retrogressive?
Kenya Communications Amendment Act (2009): Progressive or retrogressive? 23 September 2009 Rebecca Wanjiku

On 12 December 2008, while Kenya celebrated the 44th anniversary of its independence, journalists and civil society activists took to the streets. They were protesting the publication of the Kenya Communications Amendment Bill (2007), which was later signed into law. While the media had various objections to the Bill, the amended Act was embraced by the communications sector as a whole. This wa...

Bringing affordable telecommunications services to Uganda: A policy narrative and analysis
Bringing affordable telecommunications services to Uganda: A policy narrative and analysis 23 September 2009 Wairagala Wakabi

The liberalisation of Uganda’s telecoms sector came with a string of policy, regulatory and political failures, particularly related to the privatisation of the incumbent Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC), which led to the formation of Uganda Telecom (UTL). Delays in privatising UPTC (from now on referred to in most instances as UTL), the failure to attract the desired nu...

Privatisation on its own can be dangerous, workshop told
Privatisation on its own can be dangerous, workshop told 29 July 2008 Alan Finlay

Privatisation without regulation does not necessarily improve service delivery, and may even decrease access to ICTs for the poor. This is the view of US-based academic and ICT policy analyst Robert Horwitz, who was speaking at a one-week CICEWA workshop held in Johannesburg in July 2008. CICEWA (“see-say-wah”) is a new project by APC and KICTANet that seeks to identify the politica...