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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 [...]

Onkokame Mothobi participating in ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI)

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: Home, ICT Access and Use Surveys, RIA African Mobile Pricing Index|

The 8th Meeting of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12-13 September 2017. The meeting will be organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by ITU. The EGTI meeting will be held back-to-back with the 5th Meeting of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From digital divide to digital inequality-shifting the ICT4D discourse: ACIST 2017 Keynote

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: Home|

From digital divide to digital inequality-shifting the ICT4D discourse: ACIST 2017 Keynote Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa, UCT Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice African Conference on Information Technology and Systems (ACIST 2017) CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 10th – 11th July 2017 . The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets [...]

Terror fear enables veil of surveillance

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Home|

Terror fear enables veil of surveillance What has been alarming about the talk shows, social networks and even traditional media coverage of the biggest penalty in regulatory history being faced by MTN in Nigeria, for failing to register SIM cards, is the apparent lack of concern about the chilling effect mandatory SIM registration has had on [...]

An evaluation of open access broadband networks in Africa: the cases of Nigeria and South Africa

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

An evaluation of open access broadband networks in Africa: the cases of Nigeria and South Africa It has become popular to include the open access term in broadband policy and planning documents since it gained popularity on the back of open source and open data movements. In this way, open access principles found their way [...]