Key Issues for the Successful Implementation of Rural Telecenters -Success Factors and Misconceptions-. By Kenji Saga Chairman, the Digital Divide Study Group The Japan Society of Info-communication Research. Digital Divide Factors. Disparity between;
Chairman, the Digital Divide Study Group
The Japan Society of Info-communication Research
(MCT: Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, etc.)
Myths (misconceptions) Telecenters
Build it and they will come…
One size fits all.
Rural demand is very limited.
High costs are unavoidable.
A carrier of last resort is the best model.
Infrastructure is all you need.
It is necessary but not sufficient for development.
It should be customized.
If well designed & managed , various needs exist.
Innovative technologies are reducing costs significantly.
Bidding schemes introduced.
Training, applications and...Rural Tele-centers: Myths and Realitiesby Dr. H. E. Hudson (at PTC’99)
(Tambon: group of villages)
( Tambon Net: “One Tambon One Tele-center” project)
How to expand Asia Broadband Program into Pacific Islanders TelecentersPolicy Recommendationsby Paciific Island Digital Opportunity (PIDO)Study Committee
by President of PCC and Yap MCC
- Present status of international connectivity –
High speed download Telecenters
High cost? Reduction of cost by competition and innovative technology
Full use of applications
Low speed and take time
Low cost? But depend on deregulation, competition and new technology
Limited use of applications
“However, narrowband tele-center should not be ignored”Wideband vs Narrowband
I would like to call for discussions on these issues.
Thank you for your attention.