Policy to Promote Broadband Access in Developing Countries

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Policies Enabling Access


At present, the global broadband industry has entered into a high-speed development stage. The growth of bandwidth requirements and optical fiber access lead to a global fiber optic network construction wave. To provide ubiquitous broadband access for users, countries around the world makes efforts to wireless broadband seamless access through a variety of means, for example, developing the LTE mobile communications technology and market. Broadband development has also led to the emerging of mobile Internet, cloud computing, Internet of things, intelligent terminal that broadband has become an important part of the strategic emerging industries and competition cores.

Broadband is helpful to promote the economic growth, and the effect is more significant for developing countries. In improving productivity, broadband will help boosting a rise of 5% in manufacturing industry, 10% increase in service industry and 20% for the information industry.

However, many developing countries still encounter lots of issues, such as weak infrastructure construction, imbalanced urban and rural development, less developed application service and original technology, pressure on saving cost. It is an urgent task to strengthen infrastructure construction and capacity building, more importantly from the design policy.

The workshop will invite multistakeholder from different angles to discuss:
(1) how developing countries carry out effective broadband network construction,
(2) what's the roles of different stakeholders in this process,
(3) how to strengthen the capacity building,
(4) how to design better policy to promoting broadband access and service,
(5) the best practice and challenges etc.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Rui ZHONG, Civil Society, Internet Society of China
Jing MA, Civil Society, China Association for Science and Technology

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#broadband, #policy

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Ms. Jia He, Civil Society,Policy Analysis Manager, China Academy of Telecommunication Research (Confirmed)
Ms. Ana Neves, Government,Director, Department of Information Society, Ministry of Education and Science of Portugal (Confirmed)
Mr. Mwendwa Kivuva, Civil Society, Secretary General, ISOC Kenya Chapter (Confirmed)
Mr. Khaled Fourati, Civil Society, Project Manager, World Wide Web Foundation (Confirmed)
Ms. Claudia Selli, Private Sector, European Affairs Director, AT&T (Confirmed)
Mr. Lingxi Wu, Private Sector, Deputy Director, China Telecom Global Limited (Confirmed)

Name of Moderator(s)

Mr. Xinmin GAO, Vice President, Internet Society of China

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Mr. Rui ZHONG, Internet Society of China

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

40 minutes for speakers followed by 50 minutes open discussion among panelists, audience, and remote participants. Audience and remote participants could rasie questions anytime during the panelists' speech.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The remote participation could be participated online and will be exploited through social media. Before the workshop, a wide range of discussion would be launched and comments would be collected, and then it would be brought to the table.

Background paper

No background paper provided


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