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Friday, December 9 • 11:30 - 13:00
WS161: Public Wi-Fi/Open access models in developing countries

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The  workshop aims to discuss whether open access/public Wi-Fi models are an effective new form of demand aggregation able to leverage the increased availability of Internet enable mobile-devices in environments where even the cost effective broadband models produce services that are unaffordable for many people. The discussion will examine various public, private and public private interplay models being deployed to provide public access and how such models might make better use of universal services funds or substitute obligations with public access provisioning by licensees. It will explore the success factors of various models including consideration of what constitutes a conducive policy and regulatory environment for Public Wi-Fi. It will be held in a flash presentation/workshop format to ensure participation and knowledge sharing amongst attendees. 

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Geerdts, Christopher
Munyua, Alice
Rey-Moreno, Carlos
Yedaly, Moctar
Song, Stephen
Heurta, Erick 

Session Organizers
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Gillwald Alison

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa
Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA), an African digitalpolicy and regulatory think-tank that works across 20 African countries. She is also adjunct-professor at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governancewhere... Read More →
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Chenai Chair

Researcher/Comms manager, Research ICT Africa
Chenai Chair’s interest in the ICT sector developed from learning of mobiles for development while writing her master’s thesis titled “Mobile phones for development: How have women in the informal sector used their mobile phones to enhance themselves and their business?” in... Read More →

Friday December 9, 2016 11:30 - 13:00 CST
Workshop Room 3 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico