ICT 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.
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
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 competition, making netwwork access more affordable and more widespread.
Download the report or sections of it from the links below. The full report includes the Annex with the 10 country case studies (Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda). See the link on Related projects for further details on the APC Infrastructure Sharing project.
Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.
A Civil Society Digital Broadcasting Migration Observatory has been launched in Maputo on April 9, at the end of a national conference that discussed and approved a National Advocacy Plan on the sensitive transition process in Mozambique.
Digital migration will allow better-quality TV images, has the potential to enable greater programming diversity, and will increase coverage. At the same time, users will have to purchase new equipment, sometimes to watch the same content they are already watching. Learn more about digital migration with this infographic.
Public libraries play a critical role in extending the benefits of ICTs to marginalised populations worldwide, states a new briefing document that APC is presenting in Geneva at the current session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).
Ermanno Pietrosemoli from APC member EsLaRed was recognised with the LACNIC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the internet in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through more than 20 years of training and research in wireless technologies, Ermanno has changed the landscape of wireless in the region and globally. Image by LACNIC.