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ICT Infrastructure Across the Continent   
by ICT Sector Unit, 2010
This flyer, in English, describes the advice and technical assistance on ICT sector reform the World Bank Group has provided over the past 10 years in more than 30 countries in Africa.

Transformation-Ready: Using ICT to Fast-track Africa
by ICT Sector Unit, 2010
This brochure describes the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in creating new business and investment opportunities for national and regional economic development in Africa.

Financing Information and Communication Infrastructure Needs in the Developing World: Public and Private Roles
by: Global ICT Department - November 2005
This report emphasizes the role of public-private partnerships in ensuring that more people in the developing world can access modern tools of communication. The report suggests that considerable progress has been made in narrowing the digital divide over the last ten years, but much remains to be done. The report calls on governments to utilize their roles as consumer of information and communications services as well as providers of other utility services to leverage rollout. It also discusses a number of innovative subsidy and investment models that have extended access to the previously unserved. The report notes the relatively small role of the donor community in terms of overall financing, but describes a number of cases where donors have leveraged and catalyzed private flows to meet rollout objectives.

Fostering Pro-Competitive Regional Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa 
by: Isabel Neto, Cecile Niang and Mavis Ampah - November 2005
Africa lags the World in access to quality, affordable international connectivity. Building additional international infrastructure will be an important part of meeting this need, but the ownership structure and policy and regulatory environment under which capacity is built will determine the development impact of such projects. This paper discusses emerging best practice in the area of public support and oversight of private and public-private ventures to develop international connectivity in the region.

The Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program - Project Outline
by: Global ICT Department - November 2005
The proposed Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) was developed at the request of the NEPAD Heads of State. It will finance a submarine fiber cable along the East Coast of Africa and connect countries in the region to the global telecommunications network, either directly or through terrestrial links. The World Bank Group is keen to support the roll out of the cable under an open access, pro-competitive communications regime that ensures capacity is available to all at a fair price.

Open Access Models: Options for Improving Backbone Access in Developing Countries
(with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa)
by: infoDev - August 2005

This study focuses on the opportunity for new models for building and financing and regulating network infrastructure. This need is particularly acute in Africa, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The scope of the work for the study covered three areas:

  1. Leveraging new technologies 
  2. Open access models
  3. Assessing the traditional approach to financing backbone infrastructure in SSA

Interconnection Challenges in a Converging Environment: Policy Implications for African Telecommunications Regulators
by: Jérôme Bezzina - June 2005
Managing the interconnection interface between the competitive and regulated sectors is crucial for the liberalization of infrastructure services. For policy makers, regulators and development agencies in the developing world—particularly in Africa—this situation presents a difficult challenge. The purpose of this paper is to show how interconnection regimes can be adapted to the African specificities in a context of convergence and increased competition.

Connecting Sub-Saharan Africa
by: Pierre Guislain, Mavis A. Ampah, Laurent Besancon, Cecile Niang, and Alexandre Serot - June 2005
This paper outlines a strategy for information and communication technologies (ICT) development in Sub-Saharan Africa that will further the reform agenda to facilitate deployment of ICT infrastructure, and encourage the development community to support African governments in this regard.

Key Regulatory and Policy Issues to Ensure Open Access to Regional Backbone Infrastructure in Africa
by: Paul Hamilton and Telegeography, for the Global ICT Department - December 2004
This report deals with key policy and regulatory impediments, restrictions and bottlenecks that need to be addressed in order to ensure open, fair and pro-competitive access to the proposed infrastructure in East African countries. The report is complemented by a set of country case studies, including examinations of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

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