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Introducing a4 ai

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Introducing a4 ai

Introducing a4 ai

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  • 1. Introducing the Alliance for Affordable Internet Dr Bitange Ndemo Honorary Chairperson Alliance for Affordable Internet
  • 2. WHY IS A4AI NEEDED?
  • 3. Affordability remains a key issue… Broadband Prices as % of GNI per capita Fixed Broadband Mobile Broadband Developed 1.7% 1.4% Developing 30.1% 11 - 25%* * dependent on plan Source: ITU Facts and Figures 2013 • In Africa, mobile broadband prices still represents 36-58% of GNI per capita. • Broadband Commission just reported that over 90% of people in the world’s 49 least developed countries are still not connected @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 4. Why does this matter? • Some impact areas – Health: tele-medicine, faster diagnosis – Education: increased access to educational tools, information and materials – Gender: access to information, job opportunities, public participation, support systems – Agriculture: providing ready access to agricultural prices and markets, facilitating better crop management – Citizenship: public participation, access to government information and services @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 5. WHO ARE A4AI’S MEMBERS?
  • 6. Global Sponsors Google Inc Omidiyar Network UK DFID USAID Private Sector Alcatel Lucent Intel Corporation Cisco Main One Digicel Microsoft Corp. Ericsson Yahoo! Facebook Government of Sweden US State Department Consumers International Ford Foundation Global Partners Inveneo IREX/Beyond Access New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) Public Sector/ Academia Center for Technology Dialogo Regional Commonwealth and Society of the sobre Sociedad de Telecommunications Getulio Vargas la Informacion Organisation Foundation (DIRSI) (CTS/FGV) Association for Progressive Communications Civil Society and Grameen Foundation Foundations Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Internet Society Software & Women in Global The Centre for World Wide Web Research ICT Africa Information Industries Science and Internet & Society Foundation Association Technology
  • 7. WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE
  • 8. A4AI: Mission Support the achievement of the UN Broadband Commission Broadband Target of entry-level broadband services priced at less than 5% of average monthly income. Thereby: • Enabling billions more users to come online (with a particular focus on low-income countries) • Raising Internet penetration rates to at least 40% in all countries @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 9. HOW WILL WE GET THERE?
  • 10. Some key success factors • Policy and regulatory reform • Underpinned by: 1. Leadership (from within) 2. Coalition building 3. Impartial research & knowledge-sharing @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 11. A clear commitment to action • Three countries by end of 2013 • Ten to twelve by end of 2015 • First Affordability Report December 2013 @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 12. OUR FIRST ACTION…
  • 13. Support us… • Visit A4AI.org to find out more • Review our best practices and advocate for them • Consider joining our Alliance • Connect with us on Twitter @a4a_internet • Like us on Facebook @a4a_internet #affordableinternet
  • 14. “It always seems impossible until it’s done." - Nelson Mandela