universal access

Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa?
Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa? 19 May 2015

High Tension pylons carrying optic fibreICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband. The two-day event in Johannesburg beginning Wednesday 20 May is being convened by the regional regulatory body CRASA and organised by APC to bring together the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) telecom ministries and national regulators to look at how telecom operators can...

Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets 20 April 2015

In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network operators. This makes it feasible for small network operators to enter the market, which increases c...

Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure
Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure 15 April 2015 APC

Electricity pylons can be used for fibre cables. Source: Deloitte Governments should promote sharing of networks and laying fibre cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to achieve universal access to broadband. Sharing infrastructure not only saves time but also provides massive savings when rolling out telecom networks to meet the growing needs of the public...

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