Friday, June 16, 2006

South African Broadband study, looking at innovation and economic development

Last year I assisted Prof Dave Kaplan (University of Cape Town), Prof Martin Fransman (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Raven Naidoo (my partner at FPC) to draft an academic broadband study named: "The South African Telecoms Innovation System and the Diffusion of Broadband".

It was initially presented by Dave at a conference last year but only recently publicised (thanks to the GSB PR company) in the Cape Argus. As you can imagine it's all about the harm that our laws relating to Internet access have done irreparable harm to our economy and society. Hopefully now that prices are heading downwards, things will improve. Whilst I wish the process would happen faster, I thank our President for finally making sure that its' happening at all.

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