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THE ROAD TOWARDS HARMONISATION OF ACCESS/SERVICE TO ICT – LESSONS LEARNT. Bridget Mphatso Linzie, CRASA Acting Executive Secretary Workshop on Guidelines on Universal Access/Service Gabon 21 June 2012. CONTENTS. Background to CRASA ToRs for ToolKit Development

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THE ROAD TOWARDS HARMONISATION OF ACCESS/SERVICE TO ICT – LESSONS LEARNT

Bridget Mphatso Linzie, CRASA Acting Executive Secretary

Workshop on Guidelines on Universal Access/Service

Gabon

21 June 2012

contents
CONTENTS
  • Background to CRASA
  • ToRs for ToolKit Development
  • Process in Development of Toolkit
  • Status of UA/S Programs in SADC
  • Lessons learnt
background
BACKGROUND
  • Established in year 1997 under the Article 10.7 (b) of the SADC Protocol on TCM
  • A consultative body to deal with the harmonisation of ICT regulatory framework in SADC
  • Merged with SAPRA in June 2011 ( Ministerial directive) and current focus in harmonisation of postal and ICTs regulatory frameworks (maximisation of value and benefits of a converged policy and regulatory environment)

Apart from Madagascar and Seychelles

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BACKGROUND
  • Enhance regulation and promote regulatory framework harmonisation in SADC
    • Promote investment in the sector
    • Promote regional integration (Merge the small national ICT and Postal markets to relatively larger ones and enable firms to exploit the achieved economies of scale)
    • Promote universal network development and universal access to postal and ICT services;
  • Promote the adoption of best practices, exchange of ideas and information and expertise
  • Act as a common voice for SADC Postal and ICT regulators on international arena (credibility, visibility and better negotiating outcomes at the international fora)
outcome
OUTCOME
  • Old SADC UAS Definition
    • Provision of basic telecommunications services and internet
  • New SADC UAS Definition
    • services beyond fixed and mobile voice are included, which could include Internet, broadband and broadcasting
lessons learnt
Lessons Learnt
  • Definition of Universal Service/Access must be rooted in realities of local experiences, circumstances and diversities
  • Definition of Universal service/access revolutionise with time
  • Need for innovation and creativity in identification of service to be under USAF:
    • mobile ICTs have taken over the Fixed ICTs in provision of Universal Access
    • Need to consider addition of new services (Broadband/Digital Broadcasting)
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Lessons Learnt
  • Monitoring mechanism critical
  • Multi stakeholder approach vital
  • Learn but do not copy, Africa needs to find African-driven solutions to Universal Access
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