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Workshop Number: 101 Jump to report

Title: Are we meeting the challenges of bringing content and access to the world?

Background paper: No Background Paper Uploaded

Status:
ACCEPTED

Concise Description:
TODAY, THE WORLD HAS SLIGHTLY OVER 2 BILLION USERS OF THE GLOBAL INTERNET. CONTENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND OTHER LANGUAGES IS GROWING, AND CHANGES IN THE DEVICES ACCESSING THE INTERNET ARE BRINGING INTERNET ACCESS TO USERS IN REGIONS AND COUNTRIES AT AN EXPONENTIALLY RAPID PACE. ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL INTERNET HAS EVOLVED QUICKLY FROM DESKTOP AND WIRED TO AN ALWAYS-ON AND ALWAYS-ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENT BASED ON MOBILE DEVICES. SPECTRUM IS PROVIDING A UBIQUITOUS ENVIRONMENT FOR CONNECTIVITY AND INTEROPERABILTY. WIRED/SATELLITE/WIRELESS IS THE NEW ACCEPTED CHALLENGE FOR APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES.
AROUND THE WORLD, MOBILE DEVICES AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY COUPLED WITH USEFUL AND INNOVATIVE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS ARE THE NEW DRIVERS FOR USERS AND THEREFORE FOR GOVERNMENTAL POLICY MAKERS. APPLICATIONS DRIVE TRAFFIC DEMANDS AND WE ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPLICATIONS. DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HAVE LED THE WAY IN SUCH AREAS AS – E-BANKING, E-HEALTH, AND E-EDUCATION.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL HAVE AS DISCUSSANTS INDIVIDUALS WITH IN-THE-FIELD EXPERIENCE IN MOBILE HEALTH/REMOTE HEALTH DELIVERY, MOBILE/REMOTE EDUCATION, MOBILE FINANCE, INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY PROVIDERS, IXPS AND ISPs SERVING REMOTE AND DEVELOPING AREAS, AND EXPERT ANALYSIS WHOSE STUDIES SHOW THE ECONOMIC IMPACT.

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Access and Diversity

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:
http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2010View&wspid=51

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Ambassador Philip Verveer, US State Department (USA)
Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation (Serbia)
Betty Mwangi-Thuo, GM, Financial Services, Safaricom (Kenya)
Pankaj Gupta,TCS, (India)
Edwin Macharia, mPedigree (Ghana)
Kristin Peterson, inveneo, (USA)
Snehar Shah, Orange Money, Orange Mobile, TelkomKenya-Nairobi,(Kenya)
Bevil Wooding, Packet Clearing House - (Trinidad)
Robert Pepper, Cisco (USA)
Jacquelynn Ruff, Verizon (USA)
Dorothy Attwood, The Walt Disney Company, (USA)

Moderator, Remote Moderator, and Rapporteur listed below:

Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation, (Moderator)
Virginia Paque, DiploFoudation (Remote Moderator)
Snehar Shah, Orange Money, (Rapporteur)
Garland McCoy, Technology Education Institute,(workshop organizer)

Biographies:

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
Technology Education Institute NGO
DiploFoundation NGO
Packet Clearing House NGO
Inveneo NGO

Organization:Technology Education Institute

Contact Person: Garland McCoy



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Report:
Reported by: Garland McCoy, Technology Education Institute

Additional Documents: No Report Uploaded

A brief substantive summary and the main events that were raised:
Our workshop was designed to bring experts with in-the-field experience to discuss some of the prime drivers of Access. We had experts in Mobile Banking/Mobile Payments, Mobile Medicine/Remote Health Care over the internet, and an expert to discuss the importance content plays as a driver particularly in education. We had experts who discussed the explosive growth of demand for Access both in the developed and developing world and the commitment of both the private and public sectors to meet this significant Access demand with infrastructure build out. We used the recent arrival of sub fiber to Kenya and the fiber build out to Nairobi as an example of this. One of the experts on the panel told of the success her company achieved in building out a successful wifi network in Haiti after the earthquake (a network that now works on a profit without government financing).

Conclusions and further comments:
Our panelists shared successes that have been achieved in a low bandwidth environment. As more robust fiber and wireless networks provide more and better Access all the drivers we focused on well get better and better. We had robust participation by the audience both those present at the workshop and those participating remotely. There was discussion of the importance reliable electricity will play in the delivery of robust Access. The need to power the network operation centers to manage the fiber and the need to power the server farms that cash the content.