O'Neill, Judith, Noam, Eli M., Gerbarg, Darcy (Eds.)
2014, XVI, 177 p. 83 illus., 72 illus. in color.
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Highlights strategies for development in Sub-Saharan Africa through information and communication technologies, with implications for other emerging markets
Features contributions from scholars, industry leaders and policymakers from many spheres, including economic development, education, management and regulation
Considers the institutional, commercial, financial context in which platforms and technologies converge
This volume features contributions from a conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, to explore the role and prospects of broadband in Africa as a video platform—with emphasis on the strategies and building blocks for deployment and advancement.
While it may seem that such networks and their applications are not a realistic scenario for developing countries, it would be short-sighted and economically dangerous to ignore the emerging trends. The pace of introduction of next-generation networks in industrialized countries is rapid and the developing world will not be able to stand aside. The risks of falling behind are great and in any country there will be elements of business and society who wish to forge ahead. Policymakers and network architects need to be prepared. Media companies and broadcasters, in particular, must be alert to the new developments, as should be medical and educational institutions. The availability of advanced high-speed business application tools in a country will affect its participation in international transactions and its economic growth.
This volume features contributions from industry leaders, policymakers and scholars, representing a variety of perspectives, including technology and infrastructure management, economic development, marketing, education and health. The authors collectively discuss how broadband deployment as a platform with sufficient speed for video may be encouraged by public policy and regulation and how investment in broadband for this and related purposes can improve the quality of life and experience in Sub Saharan Africa in media and data, while being a financeable, commercially sound business.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Broadband - Communications networks - Information and communication technologies (ICT) - Internet television - Sub-Saharan Africa - Telecommunications regulation