A response from Abi Jagun, APC's Africa ICT policy research
coordinator (not subscribed to this list):
**Response to Richard Labelle's email**:
In addition to Steve's comments you may also be interested in some
background papers and reports from prior studies of SAT3. These include:
1. Goldstein, Harry (2004) "Surf Africa" IEEE Spectrum Vol.41, No.2, pp. 48-54
- this (subscription only) article is available online
2. Hamilton, Paul and TeleGeography (2004) Identifying Key Regulatory
and Policy Issues to Ensure Open Access to Regional Backbone
Infrastructure Initiatives in Africa. World Bank, Global ICT Policy
- contact Paul Hamilton for further details
3. Osiakwan, Eric M. K. Open Access for Africa [Web Page:
- contact Eric Osiakwan for further details
4. Spintrack AB. (2005) Open Access Models: Options for Improving the
Backbone Access in Developing Countries (with a Focus on Sub-Saharan
Africa). World Bank, Information for Development Program (infoDev).
- contact Russell Southwood for further details
5. Spintrack AB. (2003) Fostering and Facilitating Access on the
SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Fiber-optic Cable in West Africa.
- there are a few 'diagnostic studies' on West African
countries that accompany this report, including one on Ghana. Contact
Mike Jensen for further details
Also, earlier this year, the Association for Progressive
Communications (APC) commissioned a study to assess the current
status of the implementation and impact of SAT-3/WASC in four member
countries - Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, and Senegal.
The overriding objective of the research was to identify and document
(positive and negative) lessons that can be learnt from the
development, implementation and management of SAT-3/WASC in each of
these countries (- and specifically in relation to access and cost of
international and Internet services).
The findings of this research are currently being collated and a
report will be published/released in October.
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