Donate

African Internet Resilience #2: Shared Spectrum Strategies to Increase Affordable Access in Rural Areas

‹ Back
The Internet plays in developing Africa’s economy. Yet Internet access challenges are leaving many Africans behind during this time of crisis and deepening existing inequalities.

Recently, regulators are accelerating developments to release spectrum aimed at increasing access to connectivity to more people. This might help networks cope with spikes in traffic as well as increase connectivity in urban areas, where spectrum is popular. It could also help rural areas of Africa that are often disconnected and inaccessible.

This webinar organized by the African Union Commission (AU), the Internet Society (ISOC) and Mozilla in collaboration with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and NetHope explored innovations in regulations that have the potential to improve affordable access to Internet in rural areas through shared spectrum strategies. Issues discussed included license exempt spectrum, dynamic spectrum management, as well as use it or share provisions for International Mobile Telecommunications Spectrum.

Presentations:

Watch the recorded livestream:


Image credit: © Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures

‹ Back
Time

13:00 – 14:30 UTC

Friday 26 June 2020

Location

Online

Featured speakers and panelists

Ntsibane Ntlatlapa

Impact Area Manager, Network Systems and Applications, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR)

Ntsibane has extensive knowledge in managing and directing projects with multiple international and local stakeholders. Managed Research, Development and Innovation teams ranging in size from six to 46 members and… Read more

H Sama Nwana

Managing Partner, Cenerva Ltd UK

Professor H Sama Nwana is Managing Partner of Cenerva Ltd, a boutique training-led consultancy on all TMT regulatory across emerging markets based in London. He is a regular speaker across… Read more

Leonard Mabele

IoT Research Lab, Strathmore University

Leonard Mabele is a self-driven, visionary, hardworking, and creative individual. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mobile… Read more

Martha Liliana Suarez Peñaloza

President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)

Martha Suarez was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She received her degree as Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in 2004. During her undergraduate studies she participated in an… Read more

Siew Yoon Tan

Senior Technical Regulation Specialist, the Office of Communications (Ofcom)

Siew Yoon is Senior Technical Regulations Specialist in Ofcom and led Ofcom’s recent activity on local licensing in spectrum bands supporting mobile technology. She has over 18 years’ experience in… Read more

Related articles

See all articles
South Africa Gauteng Community Outreach: Why Community Networks Matter
African Internet Resilience #2: Shared Spectrum Strategies to Increase Affordable Access in Rural Areas Thumbnail
Community Networks 8 January 2019

South Africa Gauteng Community Outreach: Why Community Networks Matter

On 14 December 2018, the young and old people of Mamaila Tribal Authority convened at Wholesale Village in the Limpopo...

Piloting “White Space” to connect the underserved of rural Tanzania
African Internet Resilience #2: Shared Spectrum Strategies to Increase Affordable Access in Rural Areas Thumbnail
Beyond the Net 12 April 2018

Piloting “White Space” to connect the underserved of rural Tanzania

As economies develop in Tanzania, rural residents have growing needs for communication and broadband access.

Zenzeleni – Do it Yourself! – How a rural community in South Africa became a telecommunication operator.
African Internet Resilience #2: Shared Spectrum Strategies to Increase Affordable Access in Rural Areas Thumbnail
Beyond the Net 7 April 2017

Zenzeleni – Do it Yourself! – How a rural community in South Africa became a telecommunication operator.

Mankosi, in the Eastern Cape Province, is one of South Africa’s most economically disadvantaged communities. Most of the 3,500 residents...

Related resources

See all resources
Innovations in Spectrum Management
Growing the Internet 3 April 2019

Innovations in Spectrum Management

The paper makes a detailed survey of the current status of spectrum management in frequency bands used to provide connectivity in a selection of representative countries around the world.

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches
Growing the Internet 14 May 2018

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches

After more than 25 years of Internet development, there still remains a profound connectivity “gap” in many parts of the world, particularly in developing nations, leaving over half the global population without Internet access.

Policy Brief: Spectrum Approaches for Community Networks
Community Networks 10 October 2017

Policy Brief: Spectrum Approaches for Community Networks

Community networks are built and operated by people in the community; they are the result of people working together, combining their resources, organizing their efforts, and connecting themselves to close connectivity and cultural gaps.

Other African Internet Resilience events

African Internet Resilience #7: Digital Solution for Health Services and the Medical Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic
15 October
Online Thursday 15 October 2020

African Internet Resilience #7: Digital Solution for Health Services and the Medical Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At the last webinar of the African Internet Resilience Series, we examined digital solutions for health care during the coronavirus...

African Internet Resilience #6: The Role of Fibre Optic Backbone Infrastructure in Affordable Access
13 August
Online Thursday 13 August 2020

African Internet Resilience #6: The Role of Fibre Optic Backbone Infrastructure in Affordable Access

Affordable high-speed backhaul has become a critical bottleneck in the evolution of broadband infrastructure.

African Internet Resilience #5: What about Complementary Access Models?
30 July
Online Thursday 30 July 2020

African Internet Resilience #5: What about Complementary Access Models?

How can complementary models increase Internet connectivity in Africa? Which policy and regulatory frameworks can create a favorable environment for...

African Internet Resilience #4: Measuring Africa’s Internet Resilience
21 July
Tuesday 21 July 2020

African Internet Resilience #4: Measuring Africa’s Internet Resilience

Thank you for joining our fourth webinar of the African Internet Resilience series on Internet measurements and the plans to...

African Internet Resilience #3: Cyber-security in Africa: Rising to the New Challenges
02 July
Thursday 02 July 2020

African Internet Resilience #3: Cyber-security in Africa: Rising to the New Challenges

African Internet Resilience Webinar Series #3

African Internet Resilience #1: Internet Resilience in Africa in the Context of COVID-19
01 June
Monday 01 June 2020

African Internet Resilience #1: Internet Resilience in Africa in the Context of COVID-19

The Internet Resilience in Africa is a series of web discussions organized jointly by the African Union Commission, the Internet...

Load more
Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world