Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Director General of South Africa’s Department of Communications, spoke to CIPESA on August 29 2006 about what her government is doing to increase affordability of telecom services, the East African Submarine System (EASSy) and the future of the SAT 3 cable. Excerpts: Q. What is the South African (SA) government doing to enhance […] Read more

Construction of the 13,700 km Sea Cable System (SEACOM, is underway and expected to reach completion by June 2009. The cable will comprise two fibre pairs, connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya, to India and Egypt, with an option for connectivity into the UAE and Djibouti. CIPESA/Fibre-for-Africa ( spoke to SEACOM Ltd. […] Read more

CIPESA spoke to the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser at the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) eAfrica Commission, Dr Edmund Katiti, abut the status of the cable and how the Commission will engage dissatisfied telecom operators. Q. Why are EASSy consortium members giving up on NEPAD’s eAfrica Commission, and what is your planned way […] Read more

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO),, Geneva. WIPO is an international organisation “dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit.” These works, or intellectual property, are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. WIPO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and administers […] Read more

Introduction In view of the ongoing debates about how to reduce bandwidth costs in Africa, and discussions about how the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) should be managed, APC is supporting the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) to develop a series of papers that discuss issues concerning Open […] Read more

1.0 Introduction The Collaboration for International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is currently running national workshops about increasing awareness and raising key issues on the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) – the proposed international fiber optic network that seeks to link the eastern and part of southern Africa to the international […] Read more

View: Executive summary | Public announcement Jump to: Table of contents | Acknowledgements Table of contents Executive summary Acknowledgements Acronyms used in this report 1 Introduction 2 Background 2.1 E-readiness assessment as a tool for ICT-based development 2.1.1 What do e-readiness assessments actually do? 2.1.2 E-readiness assessment: who […] Read more

CIPESA Briefing Paper, November 2007 The ‘Connect Africa’ Summit will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on October 29-30 2007, under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID). The ITU has labelled the Summit a ‘Marshall Plan for ICT infrastructure development in Africa’ which underlines the […] Read more

Public ICT access and software choices in Africa Information and communications technology (ICT) can reward those who use it well with increased economic opportunities and income, better quality of life, and cultural and political advantages. Those who do not use it are left behind, and ICT disparities exacerbate existing inequities. Many governments, development agencies, and […] Read more

By Wairagala Wakabi – CIPESA Research Associate This paper investigates the Uganda Government’s policies and practice with regard to citizens’ access to public domain information. In a nutshell, whereas the policy environment is largely favourable, the practice greatly hampers actual access to the public domain information. Over the last few years, the Uganda Government has […] Read more

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