NEPAD ICT BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME Part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

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1 NEPAD ICT BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME Part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Presentation to the Open Access Forum Tunis, November 12, 2010 Dr. Edmund Katiti Policy & Regulatory Advisor, and Acting Head of the NEPAD e-africa Programme 1

2 Challenges of Africa s ICT Broadband Infrastructure Reliance on Foreign owned satellites for Intra Africa traffic, leading to capital flight in transit fees. Inadequate investment in ICT Broadband Infrastructure, resulting in broadband capacity being a rare commodity. Exorbitant charges of broadband access 2

3 Elaboration of Disparity in cost of Communications Monthly Cost of E1 (2 mbps); Developed Countries $10-20, India $ African average $5,000 There is a need to bring down the cost of communication to level where Africa can compete with the rest of the world. 3

4 DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLICY AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK African ICT Experts proposed the following policy principles: 1. The application of open, non-discriminatory and affordable access to these networks, by Authorised Service Providers (ASPs). 2. Equitable joint ownership of the backbone infrastructure across the region 3. Acceptance that cross-border terrestrial and submarine segments can be developed, owned, and maintained by Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs): Legal entities 4. Basic Broadband Infrastructure viewed as public good 5. Application of the principle of public private partnerships (PPP) to these networks. These principles were to apply to the submarine as well as the terrestrial segments of the network, and it was proposed that a protocol be signed by African countries to underpin their collaboration in developing the network. 4

5 Policy & Regulatory Framework for Development of the NEPAD Network Framework signed into Protocol in Kigali, on 29 August 2006, under AU auspices. By November 30, 2006, 12 countries had signed the protocol. Most of these countries have since ratified it. Botswana Lesotho South Africa Mauritius Rwanda Malawi Zambia Madagascar Uganda Tanzania Zimbabwe DRC Kigali Protocol took effect in February 2008, after it had been ratified by more than half of the countries which sign it. Countries that did not sign the protocol may now accede to it since it is now in force. 5

6 UMOJANET UHURUNET THE COMPLETE NEPAD ICT BROADBAND NETWORK PROPOSED FOR AFRICA

7 Co-Building of ACE Submarine Cable In Oct 2009, Baharicom, the company developing the Uhurunet submarine cable, signed MoU with ACE Consortium to co-build the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable. As co-builder of the ACE/Uhurunet system, Baharicom will reduce the cost of market entry on the West African cost. The ACE/Uhurunet submarine cable system, is led by France Telecom, one of the most experienced submarine cable developers. It will stretch 14,000 km from France to South Africa, providing opportunity for connectivity to every country along the West coast of Africa. Supply contract for ACE/Uhurunet was signed in Paris on June 5, ACE/Uhurunet will be operational in mid 2012.

8 ACE/UHURUNET SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEM

9 UMOJANET: Terrestrial Cross-Border Network Detailed Feasibility Study for Eastern & Southern Africa. The study focussed on the following: Identifying all broadband optical fibre infrastructure in region. Identifying gaps in existing fibre optic infrastructure along the routes of the proposed NEPAD network. Identifying plans to close such gaps. Determining cost of leasing fibre optic cable capacity from existing operators / cable owners and building of new fibre optic cable infrastructure where necessary. Estimating the cost of operating a Regional Operations Centre and data centre from which the entire network would be monitored, managed, and controlled. Estimating the costs of establishing and equipping nodal points in each country. Undertaking a detailed study of traffic flow in the network. Proposing an optimum network in terms of network economics, configuration and costs.

10 Umojanet Corporation Umojanet Corporation was incorporated in March 2010 Umojanet Corporation has completed a business plan to connect 10 countries in Eastern and Southern African and 12 countries in West and Central Africa, during 2011/2, Umojanet Corporation is looking for co-investors for the development of the cross-border network Umojanet Corporation is to start the roll-out of Umojanet in countries that have signed & ratified the Kigali Protocol, and welcomes investors from across the continent. 10

11 Extension of the Policy and Regulatory Framework In order to get as many countries as possible to accede to the Kigali Protocol, the NEPAD e-africa Programme in 2010 embarked on a campaign to present and explain the protocol to stakeholders in all regions of the continent. The campaign involves review of the protocol with stakeholders in all regions free to propose amendments to the protocol. Stakeholder workshops have taken place as follows: ECOWAS region March 15-16, Abuja, Nigeria ECCAS region April 20-22, N Djamena, Chad North Africa region September 21-22, Cairo, Egypt In-country workshops are taking place end of 2010 and through 2011, to obtain country positions regarding review of protocol. Regional Inter-Governmental Working Committee (IGWC) meetings will be held to obtain regional consensus positions on the review of the protocol before the protocol is amended.

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