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Building broadband: Strategies and policies for the developing world

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With broadband becoming an important topic in ICT policy discussions, it seems like the right time to publish a new report on what strategies and policies might help countries boost broadband access and use.

With the generous funding of the Korean Trust Fund for Information and Communications for Development (IC4D), I along with co-authors Yongsoo Kim and Tim Kelly, have prepared a report that does just that. 

This report distills for policymakers and regulators the various strategies, policies, and regulations that leading broadband markets have used to spur growth. It uses a detailed case study of the experiences of the Republic of Korea and surveys of six other countries (Finland, France, Japan, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.) to inform its findings.

Given recent developments in the broadband market involving networks, services, applications, and users, and the experiences of leading markets—especially Korea—this report proposes that broadband be reconceptualized as an ecosystem rather than just high-speed connectivity. Using the ecosystem concept, the report discusses the characteristics of broadband strategies and identifies potentially useful policies and regulations. The report concludes with a set of building blocks that may help in developing broadband ecosystems.


The report is available on the GICT publications page.

We invite comments and ideas from readers in response to this report. Please post your comments to this blog. Thank you.






Siddhartha Raja

Senior Digital Development Specialist

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