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Mauritian ICT Visionary, Dr Krishna Oolun, joins RIA advisory board

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Home|

Mauritian ICT Visionary, Dr Krishna Oolun, joins RIA advisory board Dr Krishna Oolun is the latest eminent former regulator to join the advisory board of Research ICT Africa, an ICT policy and regulatory think tank based in Cape Town, that hosts an African wide research network. Dr Oolun was Chief Executive of the ICT Authority [...]

Measuring Information Society Report 2016: Acknowledgments

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys|

Measuring Information Society Report 2016: Acknowledgments The 2016 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was prepared by the ICT Data and Statistics Division within the Telecommunications Development Bureau of ITU. The team comprised Susan Teltscher (Head of Division), Fredrik Eriksson, Vanessa Gray, Esperanza Magpantay, Lourdes Montenegro and Ivan Vallejo. David Souter, consultant to ITU, [...]

Public Wi-Fi/Open access models in developing countries- Access solution or supplementary model?

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Measuring Broadband Performance in Africa|

Public Wi-Fi/Open access models in developing countries- Access solution or supplementary model? Global IGF 2016: Is public Wi-Fi an answer to affordable access to the internet now? Friday 9 December. 1130-1300 Guadalajara, Mexico. Type: Fishbowl session Workshop Organisers: Dr Alison Gillwald and Chenai Chair. Digital inequality remains the primary barrier to the harnessing of ICTs in [...]

GIS 2016: economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: ICT Access and Use Surveys|

GIS 2016: economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet A groundbreaking report on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 9 December 2016. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report will look at the role of [...]

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa RIA Executive Director, Prof. Alison Gillwald, addressed delegates at the 5th Meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum, AfIGF 2016, on the challenges of evidence–based policy formulation and safeguarding public interest outcomes in increasingly globalised and complex environment. Prof.  Gillwald's presentation 'Inclusive development & digital transformation in Africa' [...]

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Cyberpolicy|

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa RIA Executive Director, Prof. Alison Gillwald, addressed delegates at the 5th Meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum, AfIGF 2016, on the challenges of evidence–based policy formulation and safeguarding public interest outcomes in increasingly globalised and complex environment. Prof.  Gillwald's presentation 'Inclusive development & digital transformation in [...]

South Africa: Open Access wireless networks threaten competition and investment?

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Home|

South Africa: Open Access wireless networks threaten competition and investment? Despite its policy currency globally there is little evidence that mandatory open access networks have contributed to public policy objectives of increased competition in services, decreased pricing and higher levels of demand stimulation. In fact, a growing body of evidence from mature markets indicates [...]

Government’s spectrum plan is unworkable

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Government’s spectrum plan is unworkable Wireless open-access networks as proposed in the new policy have not yet been implemented successfully anywhere in the world The recently released national integrated ICT policy white paper mandates an open-access, wholesale wireless network with exclusive rights to high-demand spectrum.This is intended to break the stranglehold of the dominant mobile [...]

Much ado about nothing? Zero rating in the African context

By | October 6th, 2016|Categories: RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

Much ado about nothing? Zero rating in the African context A fresh, public-interested assessment of the zero-rating of certain applications (apps) and platforms in the African mobile prepaid environment is overdue. This policy paper examines the issue of zero-rating within the contexts of the range of discounted and dynamically-priced African mobile network operator (MNO) products, [...]