An evaluation of open access broadband networks in Africa:the cases of Nigeria and South Africa by Admin on 17 March 2017

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 onto 'best practice’ checklists where ‘open access networks’ are viewed as a positive factor. There is little evidence, however, that mandatory open access networks have increased competition in services, decreased pricing, and stimulated demand, as intended by various adopters and policymakers. It is becoming imperative to acknowledge how policy tensions can arise from applying open access principles to network extension in contexts of investment shortages and regulatory incapacity. 

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Internet use barriers and user strategies: perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda by Chenai Chair on 15 March 2017

Over-the-Top (OTT)  services have become the main entry point to the Internet for most users in the prepaid mobile environment that characterises most African markets. To entice price-sensitive users and to encourage new Internet users, the availability of subsidised data - whether discounted or free - prompts questions of how Internet access and use are affected. Does it enable access to the Internet for first-time users? Does it improve the intensity of use, allowing people to explore the Internet without concerns of cost? Does it lock people into pared-down versions of social networking platforms? 
 

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CPRsouth 2017 - Extension of deadline by Admin on 02 March 2017

CPRsouth 2017: Connecting the next billion

Yangon, Myanmar
30th August- 1st September
 CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS
 Extended deadline for submissions: 08 March 2017
Paper proposal on policy relevant research on ICTs from the Asia Pacific and Africa may be submitted for review.

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Botswana telecommunications limp a decade after policy changes by Onkokame Mothobi on 23 February 2017

Even though the market continues to develop innovative broadband, competition in the market has remained dull. Competitors do not aggressively seek to increase their market shares and revenue, hence, first-mover Mascom, continues to dominate the market. Between 2014 and 2016, Mascom owned close to 55% of the market, while Orange owned around 28% and beMOBILE 17% on average. 

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Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa-Research needs by Admin on 15 February 2017

RIA Executive Director, Prof. Alison Gillwald, addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services on Inclusive Development and Digital Transformation. 

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