Some things regulators can do for sustainable broadband in South Asia

Posted on July 31, 2013  /  0 Comments

The South Asian Telecom Regulators’ Council (SATRC) is holding a policy workshop in Nagarkot, a scenic location about 90 minutes from Kathmandu. Sustainable broadband is one of their key focus areas. I was asked to do the lead presentation.

My presentation was organized around the metaphor of chains. A chain is as strong as the weakest link. I suggested that regulators should look at the problem in terms of chains, identify the weakest links, and take action to reduce the weakness of the weak links. In terms of regulatory competence, the key focus areas appear to be actions to reduce the cost of international backhaul and to ensure cost-oriented, non-discriminatory access to domestic backhaul.

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