Tag: regulation

How To Let GSM Serve The People That Other Networks Can’t Reach

Mobile telephony has transformed access to communication in emerging markets.  In 1994, there were more telephone lines in New York City than in the whole of Africa.  These days, about two thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is covered...

/ 17 April 2015

Zero-Rating, Net Neutrality, and the Regulatory Toolbox

The tools available to communication regulators to ensure a fair, competitive market fall into two broad categories.  The first category is the ability to incentivise more competition and better behaviour in general.  This can happen through lowering the barriers to...

/ 16 April 2015

Dynamic Spectrum in Africa in 2014

It seems like ages ago but it was less than a year ago that Google sponsored a forum on TV White Spaces in Africa in Dakar.  I wrote an article on the state of TV White Spaces in Africa based on that...

/ 21 May 2014

A Look at Spectrum in Four African Countries

Does effective spectrum management make a real difference when it comes to more pervasive and affordable access to communication?  In this post I look at the spectrum management regimes in four African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and...

/ 31 March 2014

Spectrum and the Paradox of the ITU

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a paradox.  It is simultaneously an enabler and an obstacle to progress when it comes to radio spectrum. Formed in the late 19th century, one of the ITU’s key roles over time has been...

/ 20 March 2014