Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa by Alison Gillwald on 19 October 2016

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' may be viewed here.

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Much ado about nothing? Zero rating in the African context by Admin on 06 October 2016

 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, and the priority public policy issues facing the continent in relation to the Internet. 

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South Africa: Open Access wireless networks threaten competition and investment? by A. Gillwald, S. Esselaar and B. Rademan on 18 October 2016

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 that the adoption of mandatory open access network strategies may come at the expense of other public interest objectives such as investment and innovation.
The lacuna in South Africa’s national broadband policy on how to implement open access in order to contribute to national policy objectives prompted Research ICT Africa (RIA) to investigate whether open access strategies could be the policy and regulatory panacea to poor network extension and high costs of broadband. 

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World Bank seminar on Gender & ICT - A Gender Gap Analysis of Zambia. by Admin on 03 October 2016

The World Bank Transport & ICT GP and the Gender CCSA present:
Gender & ICT: A Gender Gap Analysis of Zambia| Wednesday, October 5th.
Hosted by Susan Ulbaek, Executive Director of the Nordic and Baltic Countries, The World Bank Group
Dr. Alison Gillwald from Research ICT Africa (RIA) will be presenting early findings of a recent ICT gap analysis in Zambia focusing on ICTs and gender.The seminar will give the audience an opportunity to learn about the issue of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and gender as contextualized in sub-Saharan Africa.

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State of the Prepaid Market-Cost of communication submission to South Africa Parliament: 2016 by Admin on 19 September 2016

While the effective prices of data in South Africa may be well below the advertised price of the 1GB measure used internationally, users, especially those in lower income category, are spending significant portions of their income, around 20%, on relatively small amounts of data (1GB). This is because data prices still remain relatively high, but also because people are using a wider range of services more extensively. This now requires operators to build out next generation networks and increase their international and local capacity to meet demand and attempt to
retain the quality of their networks.

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