Category: Telecom Policy

Telecommunications and access issues.

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The Failure of Spectrum Auctions in Africa

Spectrum auctions are widely regarded as “best practice” in the assignment of wireless frequencies where demand exceed availability yet, as of 2013  among African countries, only Nigeria had successfully conducted a spectrum auction. This is perhaps not surprising as spectrum...

/ 21 April 2017
U-Shaped Value in the Internet

The Internet Is U-Shaped

When we think about the problem of achieving affordable access to the Internet for all, the discussion often focuses on broadband targets.  These targets are moving goalposts as infrastructure improves.  Broadband used to be defined at 256Kbps, now it might be...

/ 17 March 2017

How to Lower Costs on State-Owned Fibre Networks in Africa

TLDR; Create a vehicle for smaller operators to become part-owners of state-owned fibre backhaul networks “It costs more to get data to the coast than it does to get it the rest of the way to Europe!” Since the arrival...

/ 15 November 2016

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Annual ReviewWelcome to the 2nd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.  Last year was my first attempt at painting a big picture of communication infrastructure development on the continent and...

/ 13 January 2016

Fibre And Other Laws of Infrastructure

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to participate as a representative of  NSRC at an event at the United Nations to mark the launch of the US State Department’s new Global Connect initiative.  My co-panelists were Cathy Novelli, Toomas Henrik Ilves, Jakaya...

/ 1 October 2015