This a new section within the a4ai.org site for a library of case studies around telecommunications policy as a publicly-available reference.
Kenya has developed one of the fastest growing smartphone adoption rates in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing affordability challenges through the implementation of financing schemes designed to accelerate mobile adoption for low income consumers.
With the arrival of a new fibre optic submarine cable in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands government enacted a new policy to open the telecommunications market to competition.
India’s top three telecom companies implemented peer-to-peer recharge schemes to alleviate some of the negative impacts of mobile recharge shop closures during the COVID-19 lockdown and to diversify payment options overall.
To ensure that consumers remain connected during the COVID-19 crisis, three Andean countries, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, implemented strategies at the national level to help guarantee the continuity of voice and data provision for mobile and fixed-lines.
Mexico’s telecommunications regulator and providers implemented strategies that guaranteed access to data and voice services during the pandemic. Under the slogan “Telecoms are on your side against coronavirus”, these strategies offered more affordable telephony services nationwide on a temporary basis.
Colombia implemented a temporary fiscal policy to increase the affordability of mobile services during the pandemic. This measure inspired a legislative initiative to make mobile voice and data services VAT-exempt on a permanent basis.
Ghana’s government undertakes swift policy action to offer more spectrum over the pandemic and improve network performance.
Thailand’s telecommunications regulator, in cooperation with network operators, provides 10GB of data for free to mobile users as a way to encourage people to stay at home during the COVID-19 state of emergency directive.
Some Nigerian state governments reduce or remove Right of Way fees in order to stimulate broadband infrastructure development.
Tanzania is undergoing strategic policy reform to encourage competition and innovation and to guide infrastructure sharing in order to expand connectivity to rural areas.
Sri Lanka’s proactive regulatory approach to defining and monitoring the quality of services provided by telecom operators helps protect consumers, drive down costs, and maintain healthy competition in the telecommunications market.
Despite a well-developed telecommunications infrastructure, cost barriers have prevented people in South Africa from accessing the mobile web. The government recently took decisive action to address this by requiring the dominant mobile network operators to reduce their data rates.
A lack of gender-disaggregated data is a challenge for closing the digital gender gap, but innovative uses of online advertising data provide an opportunity to fill in gaps and set baselines for progress.
Côte d’Ivoire’s national backbone network lays the groundwork infrastructure needed to power the digital economy and bridge the nation’s rural-urban digital divide.
Internet para Todos integrates open access principles and innovative technologies to deliver internet access to more than 6.8 million people living in rural areas of Peru.
The Mujeres Conectadas project equips women with mobile technology tools and digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills.
In 2018, the Ecuadorian government introduced social tariffs, which offer mobile voice and data packages at a reduced price to people earning the lowest incomes.
The Mexican regulatory authority has developed informational resources and more to educate and empower consumers in the exercise of their rights.
Brazil empowers communities in underserved areas by facilitating community networks and providing guidance on network deployment. This initiative helps bring last-mile infrastructure into previously unconnected areas.
Costa Rica’s broadband plan and its subsequent monitoring and evaluation methodology has set up the nation to achieve its digital connectivity goals, and also offers a framework for the country to regularly update its strategy.
Turkey’s National Broadband Strategy and Action Plan helps increase the rollout of broadband in the country.
The deployment of TV White Space may have important economic and social implications especially for the people living in unserved or underserved rural areas of South Africa.
Pakistan’s Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF) helps deliver increased internet access for over 7,000 unserved and underserved areas by co-financing infrastructure development and creating a competitive market for services.
India’s enabling regulatory approach to passive and active infrastructure sharing reduces costs for operators and enables rapid deployment of mobile services.
Through participatory policy-making procedures, consumers have been influential in helping to develop the availability, accessibility, and affordability of ICTs in Botswana.
The decision to introduce a converged licensing framework paved the way for a more competitive telecommunications market and lower prices in Tanzania.
Rwanda’s Digital Ambassadors Programme, with 50% representation for women, addresses the challenges of digital literacy in an aim to unlock the transformative powers of technology for all.
The regulator has continuously passed regulations to encourage passive infrastructure sharing as a means to expand mobile connectivity.
With effective national broadband plans and strategic use of its USAF, Malaysia has boosted internet penetration and affordability for its citizens.
Argentina helps to bridge the country’s digital divide by establishing licenses for community networks in rural, remote and other vulnerable areas.
Cambodia, one of the poorest countries to reach the 1 for 2 standard, has seen mobile broadband affordability nearly double from 2015 through robust market competition and a welcoming regulatory environment.
In 2017, the Colombian government removed the value-added tax (VAT) on low-cost handsets and laptops – making internet-capable devices more affordable for millions.
Through a series of strategic broadband policies, starting with Vive Digital in 2010, Colombia has had tremendous success in harnessing ICT for economic development.
The USAF takes an inclusive approach to help deliver ICT access to women in rural communities and narrow the digital gender gap.
The Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) project – with over 2,200 public access centres since 2015 – helps provide ICT connectivity to thousands across the Philippines.
Rwanda narrowed its digital divide with the establishment of and successful intervention by its USAF.
The South African regulator delivers on pro-consumer regulations as it engages with popular campaigns in the telecommunications sector.
A cross-sectoral partnership helps finance an undersea submarine cable in Vanuatu to completely transform internet access and affordability for its residents across a wide archipelago.
Despite multiple, complex challenges to extend internet access, Bolivia pursued an ambitious policy of digital inclusion that focused on connecting rural areas.
As Brazil prepared to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, its telecommunications regulator and competition authority took steps to expand network coverage throughout the country.
The race to bring high-speed internet connections to West Africa receives a boost from private sector competition to deploy submarine cables and break a monopoly.
With thousands unconnected and a stubborn digital divide, the county’s CR Digital Plan is working to change this as it strives towards universal access.
The elimination of taxes on handset purchases helped make internet connectivity more affordable for millions.
In India, participatory processes are an integral component for the regulator to develop the telecommunications sector and ensure that actions respond to the needs of all citizens.
After identifying unassigned spectrum in the 850MHz band, Mexico seized an opportunity to democratize a public good and increase the number of citizens with internet access.After identifying unassigned spectrum in the 850MHz band, Mexico seized an opportunity to democratize a public good and increase the number of citizens with internet access.
Uganda addressed years-long delays to launch an ambitious plan to lay fibre-optic backbone infrastructure throughout its entire territory and improve citizen access to government services.
By creating an enabling regulatory environment and an empowered regulator that relies on evidence to make its decisions, Namibia has put broadband within reach of nearly three quarters of its population.
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