Broadband Strategies Toolkit /
Developing nations face a number of broadband demand and supply side barriers. These include a shortage of wireline infrastructure, constrained inter- and intra-modal competition, low income, and limited awareness.
Broadband technologies and services have taken on increased relevance within the development community because of their potential to reduce poverty and better enable countries to participate in the global information society. International agreements on development and ICTs provide a context for evaluating the impact and benefits that broadband can have in developing countries.
This section highlights some of the particular obstacles that developing countries face in deploying broadband and highlights possible solutions..
This section highlights the status of broadband development in different regions. 9 This chapter classifies developing economies into geographic groups according to the World Bank regional classifications at: http://data.
In addition to their geographic region, countries can also classified by particular economic, geographic and political situations. This section identifies several groupings relevant to the international development community and how the specific characteristics of each group can affect broadband development.
For this Toolkit, the World Bank commissioned case studies in a number of countries in order to reach a deeper understanding of the challenges that developing countries face in deploying broadband, and how some of those countries have addressed such issues. The countries studied cover a range of regions and development status.
Table of Contents
1. Building Broadband
2. Policy Approaches
3. Law & Regulation
4. Universal Access
5. Infrastructure Technologies
6. Driving Demand
7. Global Footprints
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