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Monthly Archives: February, 2006

Conditions for Smart Subsidy Sucess

This paper investigates conditions that need to be met in order to make smart subsidies successful in bridging access gaps in rural telecommunication services.  Nepal’s Eastern Development Region project is the case under study.   The final report, Smart subsidies: Getting the conditions right – The experience of expanding rural telecoms in Nepal can be downloaded […]

GSM Association on mobiles and development

BBC NEWS | Technology | Mobiles aid drive for development

Wireless and development

This is a pre-publication version of an article developed on the basis of a presentation made at the Annenberg Program on International Communication in Marina del Ray October 2005. Pre-publication article on Wireless and Development Statistics relating to Wireless and Development [Power point presentation] Summary of the original conference paper from related to Wireless […]

Mapping disaster research

NSF EXPLORATORY WORKSHOP ON SENSOR BASED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EARLY TSUNAMI DETECTION, Maui, Feb 9-10, 2006 What I learned during my visits to the Civil Defense Center and the Tsunami Museum in Hilo and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach in Hawai’i last January greatly contributed to the disaster communication research program undertaken by […]

Strategic use of telecom services on a shoestring

As a part of LIRNEasia’s Telecom Use on a Shoestring project, the use of ‘strategic’ behaviour to curb communication costs amongst the financially constrained in Sri Lanka and India was explored. The findings relating to such ‘strategic’ behavior are available for comment in the following paper: Telecom use on a shoestring: Strategic use of telecom […]

Spectrum refarming on the agenda

It appears that the Telecom Regulatory Commission is starting work on spectrum refarming. There are enormous gains to be achived if this is done right in an open, informed and consultative manner. LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE

Internet Presence of Telecom Researchers

Knowledge capacity is typically measured in terms of the ‘productivity’ of researchers. In a paper accepted for publication in Information Technology for International Development (ITID_1.pdf) Gamage and Samarajiva argue that researchers need to pay attention to their ‘internet presence’ and ‘connectivity’ as well. The argument is supported by data on researchers on telecom reform from […]

NEWS RELEASE: Jaffnaites spend up to 12% of their monthly regular income on telecommunications

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 December 2005: A recent study has revealed that many financially constrained Jaffnaites spend more than 12 per cent of their monthly regular income on telecommunications. People in Jaffna depend heavily on mobile telecommunication and have the highest demand for international calls in the Sri Lankan sample. A study of ‘financially constrained’ […]


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