Policy choices can help keep 4G and 5G universal broadband affordable

01/19/2021
by   Edward J. Oughton, et al.
0

The United Nations Broadband Commission has committed the international community to accelerate universal broadband. However, the cost of meeting this objective, and the feasibility of doing so on a commercially viable basis, are not well understood. Using scenario analysis, this paper compares the global cost-effectiveness of different infrastructure strategies for the developing world to achieve universal 4G or 5G mobile broadband. Utilizing remote sensing and demand forecasting, least-cost network designs are developed for eight representative low and middle-income countries (Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Pakistan, Albania, Peru and Mexico), the results from which form the basis for aggregation to the global level. The cost of meeting a minimum 10 Mbps per user is estimated at USD 1.7 trillion using 5G Non-Standalone, approximately 0.6 annual GDP for the developing world over the next decade. However, by creating a favorable regulatory environment, governments can bring down these costs by as much as three quarters, to USD 0.5 trillion (approximately 0.2 GDP), and avoid the need for public subsidy. Providing governments make judicious choices, adopting fiscal and regulatory regimes conducive to lowering costs, universal broadband may be within reach of most developing countries over the next decade.

READ FULL TEXT

page 9

page 14

page 17

page 28

02/06/2021

Policy options for digital infrastructure strategies: A simulation model for broadband universal service in Africa

Internet access is essential for economic development and helping to del...
03/26/2018

HomeGuard: A Smart System to Deal with the Emergency Response of Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence is a silent crisis in the developing and underdevelope...
04/23/2018

Feasibility of sensor-based technology for monitoring health in developing countries - cost analysis and user perception aspects

Understanding the financial burden of chronic diseases in developing reg...
04/24/2022

Is Universal Broadband Service Impossible?

Broadband Internet service is widely expected to be the fundamental univ...