East Africa Regional Information Infrastructure (EARII). Volume I

Final Report on Proposed Institutional and Strategic Framework to Facilitate Accelerate Planning, Design, Development, Operation and Management of a Broadband ICTS/Telecommunication Infrastructure for East Africa (EARII)

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The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06), Resolution 17 (Rev. Doha, 2006), recalled Resolution 17 (Rev. Istanbul, 2002) of the WTDC-02 which considered that telecommunication/ICT is one of the vital elements for the growth of national and regional economies. Besides, the World Telecommunication Development Conference, WTDC-02, Resolution 37 (Istanbul, 2002), recognized, among other issues, that there is need to show clearly what the digital divide is, where it occurs and who suffers from it, considering that, even with all the developments occurring in the recent years, in many developing countries telecommunications are still not affordable to the majority of the people. Therefore, it was resolved that each region, country and area must tackle its own specific issues regarding the digital divide and that many countries do not have the necessary basic infrastructure, long-term plans, laws, regulations and such like in place for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development. This report focuses on the East Africa Regional Information Structure and proposed institutional and strategic framework.



Executive Summary

Perhaps nothing has characterized the trends in telecommunications in the past two decades globally more than sector reforms that included liberalization, privatization, and distinct separation of roles between the major stakeholders. These trends have been fuelled by technological advances, among them mobile communication, the emergence of the Internet and migration from circuit to packet switching. The East African Region has been no exception. The past decade or so has seen the dismantling of state monopolies, often with blotted workforces, and doing literally everything from service provision to regulation, from international gateway services to customer premise equipment maintenance. The longstanding monopoly normally led to inefficiency and complacency. The future looked so assured to the incumbents that innovation was thrown out of the window by most. However, given the fast spread of globalization, technological advancement, and the ever more sophisticated consumer, business could “not remain as usual”.


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