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July 2014, Issue 9
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Key ICT players voice their opinion on the major obstacles preventing affordable access to the Internet in Mozambique at A4AI's Multi-stakeholder Forum, held at the Girassol Indy Village in Maputo on June 19.
Photo Credit: Kelly Cheung, for A4AI. 

Openness and Collaboration Key to Reducing Internet Prices in Mozambique


"Today could be the start of a new wave of thinking on this issue. We all have our own agendas, but if we can all come together and work hand in hand, we can make progress here," said Hermann Woithe, CEO of Internet Solutions Mozambique, during A4AI's first Multi-Stakeholder Forum in Maputo. 

In the spirit of openness and collaboration, about 70 key local players came together at the Girassol Indy Village on June 19 to express their frustrations and identify potential solutions to address the key barriers to lowering Internet costs for Mozambicans. By the end of the forum, attendees identified the following priority issues for the A4AI-Mozambique Coalition to act on: 
  • Enhancing data collection and reporting
  • Advising on policies to accelerate infrastructure investment and sharing
  • Identifying ways to reduce the tax burden on the ICT sector
Representatives from The National Communications Institute (INCM), Vodacom, mCel, Internet Solutions, The Science Innovation and Information and Communication Technology Research Institution (SIITRI), The Informatics Centre at Eduardo Mondlane University (CIUEM), and The Association of Women in the Media (AMCS), amongst many more organizations, contributed to the dialogue. 

Interested attendees have signed up to be a part of the A4AI-Mozambique national coalition and contribute to three working groups focusing on the identified priority issues. A4AI will convene members of the coalition again in September for its first working meeting, an opportunity for the working groups to draft their action plans for the next several months. You can read more about the outcomes of the forum on our blog.  

A4AI Chair Calls on African Governments to Encourage Innovation and Reduce Prices at Guardian Summit

Dr. Bitange Ndemo, honorary chairperson of A4AI, delivered the opening keynote address at the Guardian's Activate Summit in Johannesburg on June 26, warning that high prices and unreliable access to the Internet across the continent greatly hinder the potential of the Web to transform Africa.

Ndemo delivered a strong call for African governments to speed up policy and reform processes that will unlock technical innovation and drive prices down – telling policy makers to consult widely, act decisively and take calculated risks. “Policy is now more important than technology in driving prices down”, he said.

The Guardian's Activate Summit brought together influential figures from across Africa and the rest of the world in Johannesburg to discuss how the open Web is reshaping the world.

You can read the full text of Dr. Ndemo’s speech and access the accompanying presentation here. 

In this issue: 

Research & Country Engagement Update | Member Feature | Engage with A4AI
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Research Update


Peru Case Study Published

This week, A4AI released first case study on a Latin America country. The case study is a snapshot of Peru's broadband landscape, a fascinating country with multiple challenges including challenging topography, a dominant telecoms operator and a wide urban/rural connection gap.


Affordability Index 2014

The full research team at the Web Foundation (WF) leading the publishing of the 2014 Affordability Index is now in place. As part of a larger commitment to increase the research and analysis capacity across the regions, WF is also partnering with researchers from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to compute the indices for this year's report. The WF team held a two-day training with AIMS researchers in Cape Town on June 27-28. The Affordability Index's research questions have been sent to experts in the field across 50 countries. Thank you to A4AI's Affordability Research Working Group for their input on this year's questions. 

Country Engagment Update


Ghana 

The A4AI-Ghana Coalition held its first working meeting at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre on June 23. By the end of the meeting, members of four working groups focused on data collection and research, taxation, infrastructure sharing, and pricing transparency, respectively, had drafted their work plans. Over the next several months, the groups will begin to implement these activities, including drafting and presenting proposals for an infrastructure sharing policy and regulation to the Ministry of Communications, and proposing public campaigns to educate the public on the benefits of the Internet, and on the impact of taxation and Internet prices.

Nigeria

The A4AI-Nigeria Coalition's first working meeting will take place at the Protea Hotel Ikeja in Lagos on July 14, followed by two workshops on Spectrum and Consumer Awareness on July 15. Members are encouraged to invite their local colleagues and contacts to the forum and can access the agenda here

Member Feature



Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

A4AI recently had the opportunity to attend and present at Intel's Africa Broadband and Universal Service Fund (USF) Forum in Cape Town June 24-27. The event was a great opportunity to network and learn from the experiences and best practice of USF leaders from Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, and others.  

Member since:  April 2013

Check out: Resources on USFs and information about Intel's Broadband and USF Forums here

Learn more: newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com

Engage with A4AI! 
Upcoming Events 

All members are invited to attend our presentations, panels, and forums. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with our team at any of the below events, please e-mail emilie@webfoundation.org.  
July 10-12
African Internet Governance Forum 
Nicon Luxury Hotel
Abuja, Nigeria


*Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma will represent A4AI at the forum. 

July 14
A4AI-Nigeria Coalition Meeting
Protea Hotel Ikeja
Lagos, Nigeria
RSVP 


July 15
A4AI Workshops on "Spectrum Policy" and "Consumer Awareness"
Protea Hotel Ikeja

Lagos, Nigeria
RSVP 
August 6-8
West Africa Internet Governance Forum
Banjul, the Gambia


September 2-5
Internet Governance Forum
Istanbul, Turkey

*A4AI, with the participation of members, will be organizing a workshop entitled Building alliances to enhance Internet affordability







 
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