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ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks

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Februar 2008

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This volume brings together scholars, practitioners, regulators and policy makers to address the problem of expanding information and communication technology (ICT) connectivity in emerging Asia. It centrally engages the widespread claim that technology by itself-independent of policy and regulatory reform-can improve access to ICTs. In doing so, it shows that complex workarounds are possible, but that they are significantly less effective than the appropriate policy and regulatory reforms.

The key features of the volume are:
" It examines how theoretically optimal concepts are implemented in the hard terrain of emerging Asia.
" It considers the problem of expanding connectivity from various perspectives: that of the user, the operator, the policy maker, the regulator, and civil society.
" It reports the findings of a cutting-edge 3,000+ sample demand-side survey of telecom use at the 'bottom of the pyramid' in India and Sri Lanka.
" It gleans lessons from five Asian countries-Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka-based on their experiences with developing telecom connectivity.
" It sheds light on a range of situations and technologies, like telephone use under ceasefire in Sri Lanka, wi-fi in Indonesia, and universal service obligation in India.
" This well-structured volume will be of great value to those who wish to implement policy and regulatory reforms and improve ongoing reforms.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction: What is... and What Could Have Been...
I: DEMAND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PYRAMID
What do Users at the Bottom of the Pyramid Want? - Ayesha Zainudeen
Strategies on a Shoestring - Ayesha Zainudeen and Tahani Iqbal
I Just Called to Say: Teleuse Under a Ceasefire - Rohan Samarajiva, Mariam Hameed and Ayesha Zainudeen
II: ACCESS, AGAINST ALL ODDS
Geektivism
Making a Business Out of a Village Phone - Malathy Knight-John
Wi-Fi: The Network Fix - Divakar Goswami
III: REGULATION: TO STIFLE OR ENABLE?
One Backbone, or Two? - Harsha Vardhana Singh and Rohan Samarajiva
The Dumbing-down of Smart Subsidies - Harsha De Silva
Universal Service Obligations: To Incumbents - Payal Malik
Access Deficit Tax? - Harsha De Silva
IV: WHAT COULD BE...
High AMPU from Low - Arpu Mahinda B Herath
Regulating for the Next Billion - Rajendra Singh and Siddhartha Raja
... Through the Markets - Visoot Phongsathorn
Appendices
Index

Pressestimmen

At a time when GSM operators, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) are at an imbroglio over spectrum allocation, Prof Rohan Samarajiva's book, ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia, makes for a timely read.
EAN: 9780761936732
ISBN: 0761936734
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SAGE PUBN
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 333 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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