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 markets to get significant amounts of the population online. While there is no doubt much truth to this, there are alternative models, even for purely private players. The purpose of this report is to look at some successful cases in emerging markets