Broadband is now recognised to be a strategic priority by many developing and emerging economies, as it is seen to be a driving force in the move towards a knowledge-based economy. It is also a means to achieve social and economic benefits in areas such as health and education.
In order to deliver these benefits, the broadband industry must be tailored to the country’s needs. It will not always be commercially viable to provide extensive coverage. Ministries and regulators responsible for broadband will therefore need to consider making interventions to incentivise extension of coverage, if this is a policy priority. Affordability of broadband services is another area in which policy and regulation has a role to play in order to ensure competitive pricing along the supply chain from international connectivity to end-user service provision.
Creating successful broadband policies in developing countries identifies the benefits of broadband Internet access for citizens, communities and businesses in developing countries, and describes strategies by which regulators and policy makers can help to advance these, using case studies of previously successful policy implementations.
The report identifies actions that can help to overcome some of the key challenges in stimulating widespread broadband coverage, ensuring cost-oriented pricing and making broadband valuable to the end user. These include incentivising private-sector investment, identifying the circumstances that drive the need for specific regulatory intervention and implementing programmes in areas such as IT literacy and egovernment services.
Creating successful broadband policies in developing countries answers your key questions:
- What are the key benefits that broadband can bring to a developing country?
- What potential barriers are there to private investment in the broadband industry and what policies can cost-effectively overcome these?
- How can a regulator reduce the risk for an investor considering entering the broadband market?
- What are the potential bottlenecks in the supply chain that cause end users to be charged high prices?
- How can spectrum policy be designed to encourage investment?
- How can regulators and policy makers increase the value of broadband to the end user?
- What can be learned about broadband policy from the experience of other countries?
- What is the best way to implement all the changes required?