Funding and Implementing Universal Access: Innovation and Experience from Uganda
Uganda was one of the first countries in Africa to develop a policy on universal access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to implement a universal access fund, designed to support initiatives aimed at improving poor and rural populations' access to ICTs. Today, Uganda's universal access policy and rural communications development fund are generally seen as best practice. This book presents the Ugandan experience OCo an experience that was unique because of the country's early liberalization of the communication sector and explosion in the use of mobile communication technology. Regulators, policy advisors, and government officials, both within and outside Africa, will find this book useful as they develop their own policies, strategies, and implementation plans for universal access."
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access gap achieve administrative African Andrew Dymond application baseline survey basic bidders bidding documents cent competitive consultation contract cost demand study district centres entrants established estimate evaluation example existing operators Fund manager geographical ICT projects implementation income incumbent infrastructure initial interconnection Internet access Internet exchange point Internet POPs investment Level liberalisation licence Manual of Operating market efficiency gap methodology minimum monitoring non-voice ICT Open tender Operating Procedures package points of presence population density potential PSTN public payphone public phone public telephone RCDF board RCDF Manual regions regulator revenue RFPQ rural areas Rural Communications Development rural ICT rural sub-counties sector review service agreement service providers smart subsidies specific stakeholders subsidy requirement survey sustainability tariffs telecentre telecommunications telephony tendering procedure UA programme UA service UA targets Universal Access Fund universal access policy universal service universal service fund urban viability wireless World Bank