Challenges facing Internet operators in developing countries

4 December 2008 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Hyderabad, India


The workshop will look at the challenges network operators face when providing access in developing countries. The workshop will examine issues that have an impact on operators’ ability to provide access, including:

  • Challenges posed by geography
  • International connectivity costs
  • Government regulation
  • Access to critical Internet resources
  • Financial constraints

The workshop will:

  • Investigate the role of network operators groups (NOGs) in strengthening education and professional exchange
  • Examine infrastructures, such as IXPs, that can help provide access to the Internet
  • Present case studies where Internet operators and their partners in government, business and civil society have overcome challenges or are facing challenges in providing Internet access to their communities.

The workshop will encourage participation from all those attending the session. 

The panellists that have been invited are:

  1. Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, SANOG & PCH (Technical) (South Asia)
  2. Mahabir Pun, Nepal Wireless Networking Project (Technical) (South Asia)
  3. Fred Christopher, PITA (Multi-stakeholder) (Pacific Islands)
  4. Adiel Akplogan, AfriNIC (Technical) (Africa)
  5. Desiree Miloshevic, Afilias (Business) (Europe)
  6. Bernadette Lewis, CTU (Government) (Caribbean)
  7. Ermanno Pietrosemoli, EsLaRed-ULA (wireless, Venezuela) (Academic) (Latin America)
  8. George Sadowsky, GIPI (Civil society) (North America)
  9. Valeria Betancourt, APC (Civil society) (Latin America)

he following organisations, representing geographical diversity and multi-stakeholder values, have been invited as partners and participants. Most have confirmed: 

Technical community:

  • AFNOG (African Network Operators Group)
  • AfriNIC (African Network Information Centre)
  • APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre)
  • ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers)
  • SANOG (South Asia Network Operators Group)
  • LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry)
  • PCH (Packet Clearing House)
  • PITA (Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association)


  • CTU (Caribbean Telecommunications Union)

Civil society:

  • APC (The Association for Progressive Communications)
  • GIPI (Global Internet Policy Initiative)



The following regions will be represented

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Pacific Islands
  • Europe
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • North America