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  • Report  |   2014

    Bridging Transport, ICT and Energy Infrastructure Gaps for Seamless Regional Connectivity

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    Bridging Transport, ICT and Energy Infrastructure Gaps for Seamless Regional Connectivity, is a contribution by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to deliberations at the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 5 November 2014. It...

  • Report  |   2014

    Improving Connectivity in SPECA Subregion: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    Improving connectivity between Afghanistan and Central Asia was the focus of discussions at the 2014 Economic Forum of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) held in Ashgabat on 4 December 2014 in the light of the Afghan chairmanship of SPECA during 2014 and the beginning of Afghanistan’s Transformation...

  • Report  |   2014

    ICTs for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa

    Author(s): Souter, David ; Adam, Lishan ; Jagun, Abiodun ; Tusubira, Tusu

    Trade is critically important to Africa's economic prospects, as a source of revenue, investment and employment, yet Africa's trade is highly fragmented and the weakness of its trade performance constrains growth and poverty reduction. Africa today generates only about 2.5-3.5 per cent of world trade. African countries mostly export...

  • Report  |   2011

    Africa's ICT Infrastructure: Building on the Mobile Revolution

    Author(s): Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia M. ; Foster, Vivien ; Mayer, Rebecca ; Minges, Michael ; Williams, Mark D. J.

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a remarkable success in Africa. Across the continent, the availability and quality of service have gone up and the cost has gone down. In just 10 years dating from the end of the 1990s mobile network coverage rose from 16 percent to 90 percent of the urban population; by 2009, rural...

  • Report  |   2007

    Trade in Information and Communication Services: Opportunities for East and Southern Africa

    Author(s): Guermazi, Boutheina

    This following report is divided into four chapters, with chapter one containing the introduction. Chapter two reviews the state of ICT-competitiveness in the case study countries, by looking at infrastructure, the legal and regulatory situation, the business environment, and human resources. Chapter three examines the benefits of ICT for the...

  • Report  |   2009

    Regionalizing Telecommunications Reform in West Africa

    Author(s): Kessides, Ioannis N. ; Noll, Roger G. ; Benjamin, Nancy C.

    In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition that significant welfare gains could be realized through deep forms of regional integration which entail harmonization of legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks. Reforms that reduce cross-border transaction costs and improve the performance of backbone infrastructure services are...

  • Presentation  |   2012

    Expanding Regional Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

    Author(s): Ruddy, Michael

    This is the presentation on "Expanding regional connectivity in Asia and the Pacific" by Mr. Michael Ruddy, Director of International Research, Terabit Consulting, delivered during Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific's Digital Society for Building Resilience held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-6 September 2012. ICT...

  • Report  |   2016

    Updated Analysis of the Broadband Infrastructure in Asia Pacific

    Author(s): Ruddy, Michael

    This working paper aims to provide data and update analysis on broadband connectivity, specifically in the area of broadband and telephony markets, domestic and international Internet connectivity as well as international bandwidth among 27 ESCAP member countries, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the...

  • Report  |   2016

    White Paper on Broadband Regulation and Policy in Asia-Pacific Region: Facilitating Faster Broadband Deployment

    Author(s): International Telecommunication Union

    The White Paper explores broadband regulatory and policy aspects in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region with an aim to facilitate high-speed broadband deployment. Asia-Pacific countries generally and particularly the report’s in-scope countries covering Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam (which are referred...

  • Report  |   2008

    Enhancing Pacific Connectivity

    Author(s): ESCAP Information, Communication and Space Technology Division, Least Developed Countries Coordination Unit and Pacific Operations Centre

    Compiling new socio-economic and connectivity indicators, the study finds most Pacific states delivering on health care and education, with many people noting that socio-economic opportunities provided by affordable and effective communications may now be a high priority. The study describes opportunities for improved cable and satellite...

  • Report  |   2017

    Connecting the Unconnected: Working Together to Achieve Connect 2020 Agenda Targets

    Author(s): Philbeck, Imme

    This is a background paper to the special session of the Broadband Commission and the World Economic Forum at Davos Annual Meeting 2017. ICT Philbeck, Imme Download PDF All Report International Telecommunication Union 2017-01-01 00:00:00

  • Report  |   2016

    Working Together to Connect the World by 2020- Reinforcing Connectivity Initiatives for Universal and Affordable Access

    Author(s): Philbeck, Imme

    This is a draft discussion paper prepared as ITU's contribution to the special session of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. ICT Philbeck, Imme Download PDF All Report International Telecommunication Union 2016-01-01 00:00:00

  • Report  |   2016

    Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025

    Author(s): Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    The MPAC 2025, which succeeds the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2010, focuses on five strategic areas: sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility. The MPAC 2025 was developed in consultation with relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and other stakeholders. The remaining initiatives...

  • Report  |   2014

    An In-Depth Study of Broadband Infrastructure in North and Central Asia

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    The analysis revealed that the region is greatly reliant upon trans‐border terrestrial fiber optic connectivity, which places it at a distinct competitive disadvantage relative to coastal markets, which benefit from submarine fiber optic cable systems offering higher capacity, greater cost effectiveness, and more extensive reach than the region’s...

  • Report  |   2016

    Master Plan for the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway

    Author(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) is an initiative to improve regional broadband connectivity, through a dense web of open access cross-border network infrastructure, integrating them into a cohesive land and sea-based fibre infrastructure with the ultimate aim to increase the international bandwidth for developing countries in...

  • Report  |   2015

    Digital Economy Study in Central and West Asia: Unleashing the Potential of the Internet in Central Asia, South Asia, the Caucasus and Beyond

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC)

    This report assessed the status of subregional Internet ecosystems and the level of progress toward achieving a digital economy (in which the Internet is the underlying driver of all sectors across an economy) and identified key elements to transition from a basic Internet economy to a thriving digital economy and society. ICT Asian Development...

  • Report  |   2015

    Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies

    Author(s): The Internet Society (ISOC) and TRPC Pte Ltd

    As the ASEAN Economic Community goes into effect this year, this report compares data on Internet connectivity, infrastructure and investment across 10 ASEAN economies and proposes broad and specific measures by which the region can, with the Internet's help, create a single market and production base. It compares data on Internet...

  • Report  |   2014

    Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa: Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access

    Author(s): Gelvanovska, Natalija ; Rogy, Michel ; Rossotto, Carlo Maria

    Just as the steam engine was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, broadband Internet is today seen as critical to the transition to knowledge-intensive economies across the world. As a general purpose technology, broadband Internet is considered as a fundamental driver of economic growth and social development, releasing the...

  • Policy Brief  |   2017

    Trade in the Digital Economy – A Primer on Global Data Flows for Policymakers

    Author(s): International Chamber of Commerce

    ICC has developed this primer to assist policymakers in addressing the negative implications for growth from blanket restrictions to data flows. In addition, the paper stresses the importance of creating trusted environments to better enable use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and related data flows. The primer concludes with...

  • Report  |   2015

    A New Digital Trade Agenda

    Author(s): Meltzer, Joshua Paul

    The globalization of the Internet and the ability to move data across borders underpins an increasing amount of international trade. What constitutes digital trade is potentially very broad. It can include the use of the Internet to search for products, purchase them, and in the case of digital goods, deliver them online. In an international...