The number of broadband subscribers around the globe, on either fixed or mobile connections, is likely to exceed one billion for the first time during 2009. This means that the vast majority of Internet users now enjoy speeds at least four times quicker than ordinary dial-up connections, making many new applications possible. Broadband networks can be a general purpose technology enabler, enabling innovation and growth to many sectors of the economy and making policy coherence increasingly important. In particular, broadband networks provide an ideal service delivery platform to link suppliers directly with customers. This workshop will explore how developing countries can take advantage of these developments and what lessons can be learned from the successful growth of mobile services. Participants will discuss what policies and regulatory frameworks are needed to promote access to networks, how this can assist with broader capacity building (e.g. science and technology, education, information sharing) and how to promote policy coherence to support the opportunities such networks create for development.
- Chair: Dimitri Ypsilanti, Head of Information, Communication and Consumer Policy Division, OECD
- Rohan Samarajiva, Executive Director, LIRNE Asiahttp://www.oecd.org/speaker/0,3438,en_21571361_42740239_43405481_1_1_1_1,00.html
- Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, infoDev/World Bankhttp://www.infodev.org/en/TeamMember.25.html
- Olfat A. Monsef, Vice President of National Telecommunication Regulator, Telecom Services, Egypt http://www.oecd.org/speaker/0,3438,en_21571361_42740239_43560876_1_1_1_1,00.html