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Colombia: Communications Fund 08 July 2009 Marco Pérez

Colnodo, Colombia’s AndinaTIC member, analysed the role of the country’s Communications Fund. The institution is part of the Ministry of Communications and administers the funds transferred by the various telecommunications companies operating in Colombia. It currently finances postal and so...

Colombia: The strategy of opening educational institutions as community internet access centres 08 July 2009 Jorge Mauricio Escobar Sarria, Olga Patricia Paz Martínez y Paula Andrea Ospina Saavedra

The policy of opening public ICT access centres that operate within educational institutions presents an opportunity to expand access to broadband infrastructure, as observed by Olpa Paz, Mauricio Escobar and Paula Ospina. In addition to the promotion of public access to ICTs, Colombia is also w...

Introductory report: Telecommunications Regulation and Broadband Development: Implications for the Andean region
Introductory report: Telecommunications Regulation and Broadband Development: Implications for the Andean region 29 June 2009 Guillermo Mastrini and Carolina Aguerre

In the early 21st century, fixed-line telephony was pushed into the background by the advent of mobile telephony, which is now being challenged by internet protocol (IP) communications, observe Guillermo Mastrini and Carolina Aguerre. This raises the need for policies for the development of broad...

Bolivia: Universal Broadband Access: Advances and challenges
Bolivia: Universal Broadband Access: Advances and challenges 29 June 2009 Orlando D. Arratia

Orlando Arratia situates the problem in the extremely low ICT penetration rates in Bolivia and the lack of public policies to address the issue throughout many decades: only 1.23% of Bolivians own computers, 7.1% have fixed-line telephone service and 4% have access to the internet. Access to broa...

Ecuador: Wireless Networks for Development
Ecuador: Wireless Networks for Development 29 June 2009 María Eugenia Hidalgo

Ecuador is one of the countries with the lowest broadband internet penetration rates in the region, a mere 2.7%, notes María Eugenia Hidalgo. This, she says, is the legacy of a failed privatisation process in the telecommunications sector and the subsequent adoption of legal reforms that handed ...

Peru: The Battle for Control of the Internet
Peru: The Battle for Control of the Internet 29 June 2009 Jorge Bossio

Researcher Jorge Bossio poses the questions: Can you imagine a day when there are two kinds of internet networks, one open and public and the other closed and exclusive, similar to free-to-air television channels and cable television channels? Can you imagine only being able to access certain web...

Venezuela: NAP: An Opportunity to Improve  Universal Broadband Access?
Venezuela: NAP: An Opportunity to Improve Universal Broadband Access? 29 June 2009 Ysabel Briceño

Ysabel Briceño observes that the long distance that most internet traffic must travel outside the region before returning back to the region is a problem that affects both the quality and cost of communications services in the countries of South America, including Venezuela. As a result of this...

Introduction to the Regional Advocacy reports: Universal Access Funds in the Andean Region
Introduction to the Regional Advocacy reports: Universal Access Funds in the Andean Region 29 June 2009 Hugo Carrión Gordón

In his analysis, Hugo Carrión reflects on the political and economic context in which universal access funds emerged in the Andean Region and their evolution as mechanisms for achieving the objectives of universality in telecommunications. He also reflects on the current role of the state regar...

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