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Bridging digital divide in Asia Pacific through ultra-broadband

Adrian M. Reodique | July 29, 2016
ITU’s Facts and Figures 2016 report showed a huge divide between developed and developing countries in terms of internet use.

When asked how ultra-broadband can bring benefits to developing countries, Tang said: "For government, better ICT connectivity supply and increased demand for broadband services will benefit lives and businesses, and promote sustainable economic and social growth."

He added ultra-broadband will open new opportunities for operators by giving them more flexibility to work with partners, experiment new pricing models and deliver innovative services. "We are already seeing the birth of new business models as communications-service providers (CSPs) work more closely with content providers, OTT players, and a broad range of industry verticals to provide a new kind of experience for their customers."

But for developing countries to enable ultra-broadband, Tang said policy makers should create an investment-friendly regulations to attract more private investors and participate in the project. They must also encourage service innovations such as online commerce, e-government, and e-health application.

"Policy makers should also encourage the synergy among all the investors to share the utilities (such as poles, duct and fibres) to reduce the cost and accelerate the deployment of ultra-broadband. Many countries have already adopted such synergy policy and put it into practice and achieved a good result," he explained.  

"Meanwhile, regulators and policy maker can and should be to foster competition and increase consumer choice. For example, regulators should issue more fixed broadband license to encourage competition," Tang concluded. 


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