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Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa

By | 2017-09-06T17:07:31+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Inclusive development and digital transformation in Africa 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' [...]

Government’s spectrum plan is unworkable

By | 2017-09-06T17:08:15+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Government’s spectrum plan is unworkable Wireless open-access networks as proposed in the new policy have not yet been implemented successfully anywhere in the world The recently released national integrated ICT policy white paper mandates an open-access, wholesale wireless network with exclusive rights to high-demand spectrum.This is intended to break the stranglehold of the dominant mobile [...]

Debating Spectrum 2.0 for Africa

By | 2017-09-06T17:08:39+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Debating Spectrum 2.0 for Africa In Africa wireless networks, mostly offering mobile services, have emerged as the primary form of voice, and now data, communications. While wireless network developed as complementary, mobile services to fixed services initially for voice but also for high speed always on Internet services, in Africa increasing numbers of people are accessing [...]

A look at spectrum in four African countries

By | 2017-09-07T17:03:59+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

A look at spectrum in four African countries Does effective spectrum management make a real difference when it comes to more pervasive and affordable access to communication?  In this post I look at the spectrum management regimes in four African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and try to draw some conclusions. One of the [...]

Spectrum and the paradox of the ITU

By | 2017-09-07T17:03:37+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Spectrum and the paradox of the ITU This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0 The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a paradox.  It is simultaneously an enabler and an obstacle to progress when it comes to radio spectrum. Formed in the late 19th century, one of the ITU’s key roles [...]

Africa’s LTE Future

By | 2017-09-07T17:03:10+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Africa's LTE Future This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0 If you follow communication infrastructure in Africa, you would be forgiven if you have begun to think of LTE as the promised land. There is no doubt that mobile networks have transformed access on the continent.  Now, we are apparently [...]

Spectrum Auctions for Beginners

By | 2017-09-07T17:02:48+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Spectrum Auctions for Beginners In the previous article, I looked at the merits of licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum and suggested that there might be scope for some new approaches. Here we’re going to deal with licensed spectrum and the process of auctioning spectrum which has become the dominant means of assigning popular licensed spectrum frequencies. Spectrum [...]

Spectrum — To License or Not To License

By | 2017-09-07T17:02:22+00:00 October 25th, 2013|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Spectrum — To License or Not To License Exclusive-Use Spectrum Licenses Exclusive licensing of spectrum is the model that has underpinned the success story of mobile telephony around the world.  Under this model operators are given access to large chunks of spectrum often on a national basis. Licenses are long-term, typically 15 years, and are [...]

Why Can’t Anyone Agree on Spectrum?

By | 2017-09-07T17:00:50+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Categories: Debating Spectrum|

Why Can’t Anyone Agree on Spectrum? By Steve Song. This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0. Electromagnetic spectrum is the crude oil of last-mile connectivity, especially in Africa where more traditional kinds of last-mile communication infrastructure are not especially well-developed. As in the oil business, anyone who has gained control [...]