Transforming Telecoms in Afghanistan: Expanding Affordable Access by Introducing Competition

Afghanistan has transformed its telecommunications from a fragmentedsystem serving few people to a modern one putting Afghans in touch with one another and with the global economy—all in just a few years. After the war in 2002 there were only 2 telephones for every 1,000 Afghans, and communicating between provinces was almost impossible, even for the government.

Haiti: Teleco

On April 29, 2010, the Central Bank of Haiti (Banque de la République d’Haïti or BRH) signed an agreement with Vietnam’s largest mobile telephone opera- tor, Viettel, to significantly expand telecommunications services in the earth- quake-ravaged country. The public-private partnership is expected to mod- ernize Teleco, help improve the company’s technical and financial capacities, modernize its infrastructure, and provide new services to its customers.

Rebirth of Haiti’s National Phone Company

In 2009, Haiti’s national telecom company – Teleco – was rapidly losing market share and nearly $1.5 million a month in public funds. IFC helped the Government of Haiti and Viettel form a partnership that has turned around the fortunes of the company. Today, the new company – Natcom Haiti – has gone from 75,000 customers to 1.8 million and is turning a profit for both Viettel and the government.

Share Infrastructure, Expand the Internet: Emerging best practices demonstrate the power of partnerships

Utilities that share their infrastructures will help reduce the costs and time to deploy telecommunications networks. Governments that create an enabling environment and support partnerships to share infrastructure will help to expand the reach of the Internet, connecting more people to economic and knowledge opportunities around the world.

Etude de definition et de mise en oeuvre d’un regime d’interconnexion large bande en fibre optique dans les états d’afrique centrale

Ce document recense pour chaque pays de la CEEAC (Angola, Burundi, Cameroun, Gabon, Guinée Equatoriale, République Centrafricaine (RCA), Congo, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), Sao Tomé & Principe, Tchad).

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Myanmar Connected: The Liberalization of Myanmar's Telecom Sector

Political and social transformations in Myanmar have made possible reform of the country’s telecommunications sector. Liberalization has allowed a country with the lowest rates of telecom penetration to leapfrog into the digital age. In February 2012, it cost $300 to buy a mobile SIM card anywhere in Myanmar—that is, if such a rare find made itself available. But just over two years later, in September 2014, you could easily purchase one for $1.50—and have your choice from among three operators.

Public-Private Partnership in Telecommunications Infrastructure Projects: Case of the Republic of Congo

Telecommunication is a traditional public sector responsibility that today is more often offered by private sector investors and operators. The scarcity of funding available in public sector, coupled with an increasing demand in the dynamic technology outputs is giving increasing advantage to private firms. Yet the government retains certain critical responsibilities in the sector such as regulation; in some sub-sectors (e.g. broadband), the public sector may continue to have primary investment responsibility due to significant market failures that inhibit private investment.