Challenges in Sustaining Municipal Broadband Networks in the Developing World
2011 (English)In: E-TECHNOLOGIES AND NETWORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT, Verlag Berlin Heidelberg: Springer , 2011, Vol. 171, 26-40 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Municipal or community networks seem to be a constructivefirst step in the process of establishing sustainable broadband networksin areas where the demand for broadband communication services islarger than the supply. Besides meeting the acute demand, one purposeis to stimulate the market by demonstrating connectivity feasibility, toreduce the risks involved for commercial actors. One of the keys to thesustainability and scalability of such networks is a well designed andmanaged institutional framework based on the local prerequisites.In this paper, we report on our experience from the establishment ofthe Serengeti Broadband Network in Northern Tanzania. We have beenusing a public-private partnership approach to create a not-for-profitorganization to manage and operate a network first deployed as a researchand education effort. We present and discuss our approach, comparingand contrasting to other approaches found in the literature. We concludethat success requires local ownership. Thus, the institutional frameworkshould aim at creating local commitment and leadership.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Verlag Berlin Heidelberg: Springer , 2011. Vol. 171, 26-40 p.
, Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISSN 1865-0929 ; 171
community networks, developing world, management, operational sustainability, ownership, public-private-partnerships.
Research subject SRA - ICT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48399DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-22729-5_3ISI: 000296263100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80051567449OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-48399DiVA: diva2:457515
1st International Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development (ICeND 2011) Location: Inst Finance Management, Dar-es-Salam, TANZANIA
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