While everybody agrees that getting more of the population in developing countries to connect to the Internet can be a strong driver for the growth of these economies, the means to get there is not always clear. Which part of public involvement, which technologies, which deployment models, where should the financing come from? All these questions are crucial, and the purpose of this report is to offer – if not definitive answers – at least pointers to help address these issues.
A commonly held view among commentators is that only cellular broadband will be affordable enough in developing... Read More
Uruguay's Antel expects to connect another 250,000 homes in 2014 to its new FTTH network. Image: Antel.
Report: Mobile may be key, but other broadband connectivity options remain vital
Author: Stewart Schley
When Uruguay’s state-owned telecom provider Antel made a big commitment to fiber optics for Internet delivery, it backed its investment with a sweet consumer deal: high-speed, fiber-to-the-home connectivity for monthly prices that are cheaper (or at least no more expensive) than what customers had already been paying for relatively slow, copper-based DSL service. Not only that... Read More