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Broadband Access Trends in 2015: A4AI’s Predictions

Here at A4AI, we spent the few weeks before the start of the new year thinking about our predictions for the expansion of global broadband access in 2015. On the whole, we are hopeful that more governments will realise the necessity and benefit of policies that will encourage affordable and open access to the Internet for their citizens, and that innovation and competition will lower broadband service and device prices and enable millions more to get online.

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A4AI-Mozambique Coalition members attend an ICT Data Methodologies workshop taught by the Brazilian Center of Studies on Information and Communication Technologies (Cetic.br) on November 19-20, 2014.

Incentives, Taxes, Data, and the Struggle to Lower Costs in Mozambique

The biggest obstacle in expanding broadband access in all of the countries that A4AI works in is the high cost of connecting to the Internet, but in Mozambique, it is a particularly imposing hurdle. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a fixed-line broadband connection costs almost 51 percent of the average monthly income in the country, and a mobile broadband connection costs 41 percent (ITU MIS 2014).

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Ghana drops import tax on smartphones following advocacy by A4AI-Ghana Coalition

Less than a year after starting work in Ghana, the A4AI-Ghana Multi-stakeholder Coalition has notched up its first big win after the Government committed to abolish import duties on smartphones. This step — confirmed in the 2015 Budget presented this week — was a key recommendation developed by the A4AI-Ghana Coalition and the subject of intense advocacy.

Some of the A4AI Team, October 2014

A4AI celebrates 1st Birthday

Today, we’re celebrating the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s first birthday (check out our birthday infographic). Our vision of driving access prices down through policy and regulatory reform has resonated, and we’ve made rapid progress since our launch on October 7 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria. Although there have been many highlights, here are the three we consider most important.

Santo Domingo Calle, Photo by Dianne Rosete

Dominican Republic Becomes First Latin American Country to Join A4AI

We are excited to announce that the Dominican Republic has become the newest member country of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). This development was formalised at a ceremony today in Santo Domingo where Mr. Gideon Santos, president of the Board of lNDOTEL, and Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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