Just as the steam engine was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, broadband Internet is today seen as critical to the transition to knowledge-intensive economies across the world. As a general purpose technology, broadband Internet is considered as a fundamental driver of economic growth and social development, releasing the innovative potential and energy of previously disenfranchised members of the population. Many of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) now recognize that broadband Internet is crucial to their efforts to reduce poverty and create... Read More
New report cites lack of competition, challenges to affordability. Unleashing dark fiber may help.
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Lack of effective competition and lack of appropriate regulation are two serious impediments to wider broadband availability and adoption in Africa and the Arab world, write the authors of this February 2014 report published by The World Bank.
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Regulatory approaches can spur improvements, but education and wealth loom large in the adoption equation.
The 2012 edition of the World Bank’s Information and Communications for Development report urges countries to promote mobile broadband’s expansion to improve the state of agriculture, health, financial services, employment and government in the developing world. The main goal of this research by David Yates and Jeff Gulati of Bentley University is to identify public policy alternatives, regulatory measures and governing practices that can increase the adoption of mobile broadband in... Read More