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Towards Universal Service: Issues, Good Practices and Challenges

Björn Wellenius

in Telecommunications Development in Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099029
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.003.0005
Towards Universal Service: Issues, Good Practices and Challenges

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This chapter discusses why telecommunications matters for development and the extent to which sector reforms reduce inequality. It then examines the main policy issues and options that arise in designing programmes to extend service beyond the market, followed by a more detailed discussion of implementation topics that cut across these issues. It also presents some preliminary lessons on community telecentres. It concludes with some comments on where things now stand on universal service policy.

Keywords: telecommunications; sector reforms; community telecentres; telecentres; universal service policy

Chapter.  9916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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