Affordable Mobile Broadband Services: Models & the Way Forward

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Executive Summary

It is becoming more and more apparent that the vast majority of subscribers in developing countries will be receiving wireless broadband information services through mobile terminals. To make the growth in mobile technology and services sustainable, stakeholders of the mobile value chain need to address the cost and reliability issues for mobile services. In this paper three mobile service affordability models are discussed based on a rural/urban social network context, the development of local service providers and radio access network sharing concepts.

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