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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 [...]

Infrastructure Deficiencies and Adoption of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By |2017-03-22T09:56:13+02:00Mar 22nd, 2017|Categories: Africa, Demand side ICT data, infrastructure, Pricing, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , |

On Monday the 20th of March 2017, our Senior Researcher, Onkokame Mothobi presented the paper "Infrastructure Deficiencies and Adoption of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa" at the CSAE conference: Economic Development in Africa. The paper was co-authored with Lukasz Grzybowski. It makes use of Research ICT Africa Household survey data to respond to the main research question. [...]

GigaNet: The Scholarly Voice to the global Internet Governance Forum

By |2017-02-16T08:57:21+02:00Feb 16th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Internet governance, RIA Rap|Tags: , , |

Opinion piece by Joash Ntenga Moitui.         With increasing internet connectivity, digitalization and number of online communities, there has been a focus on the technical aspect of the internet, more often neglecting scholars and researchers that provide fundamental ideas, critique, analyse various themes, who also debate and discussion internet governance. In the past, scholars [...]

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 [...]

Part 1: Role-players in the cost of mobile communications: ICASA and the operators

By |2017-01-20T10:44:58+02:00Jan 20th, 2017|Categories: Gender and Internet rights, RIA Rap|

The high costs of communicating in South Africa slow down economic activities and their subsequent gains. The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) thus held a parliamentary hearing in September for stakeholders to illuminate the value chains, bottlenecks and resultant pricing that consumers are forced to pay for communicating in South Africa. Amongst those present [...]

#DataMustFall: A lost cause

By |2016-12-15T14:37:51+02:00Dec 15th, 2016|Categories: 1GB prepaid basket, Pricing, RIA Rap|

The #DataMustFall campaign is an initiative that was masterfully founded by Mr Molefe with the intention of protesting against high mobile data prices thus being a solution for the average South African and the unemployed, who cannot access mobile broadband services as a result of the high pricing of data bundles. Following its launch and its [...]

Experiences of a returning young scholar- CPRsouth 2016

By |2016-10-24T14:20:45+02:00Oct 24th, 2016|Categories: Africa, CPRSouth, RIA Rap, Young Scholar Programme|

By Safia Khan As a young professional venturing into the complex space that is the intersection of ICT and development, a conference on Communications Policy & Research in the global South can be an intimidating space not least because of the plethora of information there is to dissolve. This was precisely how it felt being a [...]

Big Data and social research: a necessary partnership?

By |2016-07-01T13:07:10+02:00Jul 1st, 2016|Categories: Africa, Demand side ICT data, ICT policy and planning, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , |

source: www.rktrans2cloud.com When researchers want to study people, their behaviours, and patterns, they would have to budget most of the project’s timeline to observing, recording and capturing data. Today’s “Smart” devices are denoted as such due to their ability to connect to the internet, in addition to storing and sharing vast amounts of data. [...]

CPR South Young Scholar Programme 2015 – Reflections of a Young Scholar & What to Expect

By |2016-06-07T09:44:48+02:00Jun 7th, 2016|Categories: Gender and Internet rights, RIA Rap|

The word young is used here to represent researchers and policy makers who are “young to the field” and there is no literal age limit.  We quickly found this out by being thrown in the deep end with representatives from industry who are vastly more experienced than others. As a young scholar attending the program there [...]