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

Language: English

Type: Document

Nature: Report

Published: January 1, 2014

Region: Europe and Central Asia

Country: Lithuania

Sector: Telecom and ICT

Keywords: Knowledge Lab, Telecom and ICT


Document Summary:

This report is extracted from Handshake Issue #15: Connectivity.

Document Details:

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.

Connecting to cyberspace requires an immense physical infrastructure. The telecom networks on which the Internet runs are built using thousands of miles of fiber optic cables—overland and submarine—and hundreds of towers carrying antennas. So expanding the reach of the Internet implies significant civil works to create ducts and towers that carry those cable and antennas. Estimates are that civil works make up more than half of the cost of building networks.

Updated: June 22, 2022