Highly Commended Paper 2013 – Emerald Award for Excellence

The paper “Investment models and regulatory constraints for broadband backbone roll-out in selected African countries” published in Info Vol 14 Number 4 2012 and authored by Enrico Calandro and Mpho Moyo has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.

The study was made possible by research funds from the IDRC. It benefitted from the peer-review process of CPRafrica 2011 where it was presented, and from inputs by LIRNEasia, RIA’s sister organisation and by the World Bank. The paper was presented at CPRafrica 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. The paper draws on case studies developed by Lisham Adam, Vincent Bagiire, Muriuki Mureithi, Mpho Moyo and Arsène Kouadio.

The paper seeks to identify policy and regulatory bottlenecks that need to be overcome in order to stimulate private sector investment in backbone networks in selected African countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda).

It does so by exploring policy and regulatory frameworks and market structures that influence investment decisions on backbone infrastructure roll-out; it investigates models and strateiges adopted by the public sector to finance national backbone infrastructure; and it provides recommendations on how to stimulate private investment in backbone roll-out by creating an enabling policy and regulatory enviroment.

The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial team, many of whom are eminent academics or practitioners. According to the Editorial team, the paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012.

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The paper is available at this link.