Spotlight on Affordability at the CTO Forum
A4AI Deputy Director Kojo Boakye recently attended the 2015 Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya. Kojo joined more than 400 participants from over 30 member countries to learn about recent developments in and future plans for the ICT sector across the Commonwealth.
When A4AI launched at the 2013 CTO Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, there was much discussion about driving innovation in technology, yet little talk about the cost of services and the investments needed to fund such developments. Two years later, the conversation has shifted to address affordability as key to closing the digital divide. Participants took on issues such as cost structures, how to improve infrastructure sharing and open access, and tax regimes that drive broadband development.
As Kojo reports, “For myself, the rest of the A4AI team, and the members of the Alliance, the apparent mainstreaming affordability issues in the Commonwealth is yet another signal of the momentum of our work.”
Read more about Kojo’s experience at the CTO Forum: The Mainstreaming of Affordability.