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Regional Academic Network on Information Technology Policies

By | October 15th, 2017|Categories: RANITP|

On the first of June 2017 at the Africa Internet Summit in Nairobi Kenya, Research ICT Africa (RIA) and  AFRINIC officially formalised the coming together of the technical community and the policy research community in ICT. RIA and AFRINIC decided to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on Internet-related research topics. Those [...]

OTT – Threat or opportunity for African Telcos?

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Home|

By Christoph Stork, Steve Esselaar and Chenai ChairThis paper analyses the transition from the voice and SMS era of mobile telephony to the data-only era, and the strategies that operators have adopted during this transition phase. Key drivers for the transition are Over the Top services (OTTs). The paper uses quarterly prices for prepaid user baskets [...]

FROM DIGITAL DIVIDE TO DIGITAL INEQUALITY: The connectivity paradox

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Home|

Alison Gillwald (PhD) Executive Director, Research ICT Africa, Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice. Paper Presented at the Law and Development Research Conference: University of Antwerp 20-22 September 2017 In September 2015, UN Member States and the UN General Assembly formally agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals [...]

SADC not bridging digital divide

By | September 8th, 2017|Categories: Home|

Despite a regional infrastructure policy aimed at establishing affordable , always-on Internet availability in the region, low levels of internet access persist across SADC countries.The Seychelles leads internet penetration in the region at 56.5% while Madagascar trails at 4.2% according to ITU statistics. Seychelles, together with Zimbabwe and Swaziland are the most expensive countries for 1GB [...]

Regulatory design and practice course: Sharing international experience with Myanmar

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Home|

A regulatory design and practice course: Sharing international experience with Myanmar September 4-6, 2017 at Kempinski Nay Pyi Taw . Based on a structured exchange of ideas and experiences with former regulators, the participants will be able to: understand the basic rationale for regulation and situate problems faced by regulators in proper context work [...]

Call for Demos The Ninth International Conference on ICTD 2017

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: Home|

Call for Demos The Ninth International Conference on ICTD 2017 The Ninth International Conference onInformation and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2017), to be hosted at the Information Technology University in Lahore (Pakistan) from November 16 to 19, 2017, cordially invites you to Demo submission. ICTD 2017 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers [...]

Call for Papers International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Measuring Broadband Performance in Africa|

Call for Papers International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa IMRA Workshop International Workshop on Internet Measurements Research in Africa  Call for Papers Submission: 17 SEPTEMBER 2017 Notification: 1 OCTOBER 2017 Camera-ready submission: 30 OCTOBER 2017 Conference takes place: 11-12 DECEMBER 2017 Location: Lagos, Nigeria . Internet measurements provide useful insights into the accessibility [...]

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania Tanzania is ranked fourth among 49 African countries when comparing the cheapest 1GB of prepaid mobile data, yet the Internet penetration rate remains low at 30%. A nationally representative ICT Survey recently completed by Research ICT Africa (RIA) finds 43% of Tanzanian population does not own [...]

Beyond Access Surveys – Questionnaires, Methodology, and Timeframe

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys|

Beyond Access Surveys - Questionnaires, Methodology, and Timeframe In fulfilling its mission to create an evidence base for ICT policy making across Africa, Research ICT Africa is conducting informal sector, household and individual surveys in seven African countries. RIA has been developing and gathering universal indicators on ICT access and use for over a decade; [...]

South African data prices static for two years but consumers not flocking to cheapest product offering

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: Home|

South African data prices static for two years but consumers not flocking to cheapest product offering The price of 1GB of data in South Africa from dominant operators has remained consistent at between R149 and R160 for 8 quarters. Despite offering 1GB for R99, Telkom appears unable to exert pricing pressure on the other [...]