Best practice decision making to drive connectivity, accessibility and competitiveness
8-9 December 2015
Supported by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
The IICs final Telecommunications and Media Forum of 2015 took place in Johannesburg and left few stones unturned as speakers and delegates debated what constitutes ‘best’ practice policy and regulatory decision making across Africa. Over two days, senior executives representing regulators, industry, academia and civil society from Africa and beyond analysed the opportunities and challenges being faced across Africa when driving connectivity, accessibility, affordability and competitiveness in the global economy.
Each day began with a keynote address from South African ministries – Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, set the scene on the opening day where the focus was on infrastructure, funding and supply side issues with affordable, sustainable access recognised as a key development goal . On the second day when the Forum took a closer look at demand side issues, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Communications, gave much food for thought as she detailed the goals, objectives and challenges for her department.
Drawing on case studies and direct experiences from across Africa, as well as from other emerging and developing regions of the world, the range of themes discussed and breadth of opinion was exceptional. Supported by Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and sponsored by Microsoft, MTN, Multichoice and Vodafone, this Forum continues the IIC’s in-depth engagement with regulators and the communications industry at the highest of levels, globally.
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KEY DISCUSSION THEMES
The economics of connectivity and accessibility in emerging markets
We reviewed progress of digital migration and examined planning and implementation of broadband infrastructure, through National Broadband Plans.
Demand-side challenges and competition - what are the issues for policy makers?
What is the appropriate policy and regulatory response when faced with the reality of network demands from an increasing array of applications and services?
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