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“Global South” Capacity building in the ICT policy and regulatory sector

By |2017-04-18T09:11:43+02:00Apr 18th, 2017|Categories: Broadband 4 Africa, CPRSouth, Young Scholar Programme|Tags: , , , |

34 emerging and mid-career ICT policy and regulatory research scholars were invited to participate in an intense two-day seminar on thematic issues,  relevant to Asia and Africa. In 2016, the pre-seminar was held on the picturesque island of Zanzibar which would ensure an opportunity to relax after the grueling seminar for the young scholars before participating [...]

Parenting in the age of Digi-Schools in Kenya

By |2017-03-27T19:44:52+02:00Mar 27th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Demand side ICT data, RIA Rap|Tags: , , |

By Dr Margaret Nyambura Internet access in Kenya has seen an incredible boom over the last decade. The regulatory authority cited that of the 37.7 million subscribers, as of September 2016, 99 % accessed the Internet through their mobile devices. There have been targeted government and operator initiatives to deal with issues of digital literacy such [...]

The Impact of Telecommunication Regulatory Policy on Mobile Retail Price in Sub-Sharan African Countries

By |2017-03-22T12:52:39+02:00Mar 22nd, 2017|Categories: Africa price transparency index, Broadband 4 Africa, Pricing, RIA Rap|

Senior Researcher, Onkokame Mothobi, makes use of the RIA African Mobile Pricing Indices to investigate the effect of telecommunication regulatory policies on Mobile Retail Prices.  The paper "The Impact of Telecommunication Regulatory Policy on Mobile Retail Price in Sub-Sharan African Countries" uses quarterly data for 8 African countries for the period 2010:Q4 to 2014:Q4 to estimate structural demand and [...]

Navigating affordability for internet access and use: Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa studies

By |2017-01-25T08:18:47+02:00Jan 25th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Demand side ICT data, Prepaid bundles, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , , |

Knowing from previous research that affordability is one of the primary barriers to internet access, and particularly to optimal use, Research ICT Africa (RIA) conducted focus groups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda in November last year. The purpose of this Mozilla-funded research, one part of its Equal Rating project, was to obtain qualitative information that [...]

CPRsouth 2016 Young Scholar Awards

By |2016-05-24T08:29:32+02:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, CPRSouth, RIA Rap, Young Scholar Programme|Tags: , , , |

Following highly successful joint Afro-Asian CPR conferences in Mauritius in 2012, and India in 2013, CPRafrica and CPRsouth formally merged under the banner of CPRsouth in 2014. Since then, CPRsouth has hosted conferences in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa (2014), and at the Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence at Yuan Ze [...]

Enough Talk of the Problem: Whats the solution to connecting the next billion in Africa?

By |2016-04-28T15:28:29+02:00Apr 28th, 2016|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Human rights and internet governance, ICT policy and planning, Internet governance, Multistakeholderism, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , , , , |

Organisers: Sylvia Musalagani (HiVOS East Africa) and Chenai Chair (Research ICT Africa) Panelists: Hanane Boujemi (IGMENA), Riva Jalipa (Article 19 East Africa), Mohamed El Gohary(Global Voices) Jochai Ben-Avie (Mozilla) & Chenai Chair. Moderator: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito (Access Now) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Focusing on the issue of connectivity first as part of internet governance and access as a right, [...]

ICANN55 in Africa- finding the African voice

By |2016-04-19T09:48:51+02:00Apr 19th, 2016|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Internet governance, Multistakeholderism, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers convened its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco from the 5th -11th of March 2016. ICANN is one of the main internet governance institutes with the responsibility of managing the “core Internet infrastructure, which consists of IP addresses, domain names, and root servers”(Kurbalija, 2014: 191). The main mandate of [...]

Taking public Wifi for a spin: The Western Cape and Neotel Initiative

By |2016-03-24T14:33:51+02:00Mar 24th, 2016|Categories: Broadband 4 Africa, Demand side ICT data, quality of service, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , , |

By Chenai Chair and Enrico Calandro The Western Cape Government in partnership with Neotel launched 50 of the 384 public wifi hotspots in line with its priority of increasing internet access through affordable means. As part of a study on broader demand side assessment on public access and use of Wi-Fi, Research ICT Africa visited two sites [...]