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1 Achieving Sustainable Access Solutions 5th International Conference on Open Access 2007 Adapted Consulting: Laura Drewett

2 Objectives Grassroots approach Unique ways to satisfy communitys needs for information and communication in a sustainable way Community by community Process to help villages get access to ICT where infrastructure is lacking Specific case studies

3 Sustainability Myths Only focus on technology for access to ICT Business model definition Term business model implies commerciality One preferred solution works in all communities Sustainability has the same definition for all people

4 Approach to Sustainability Devising Sustainable Models Create Vision for Access What is your purpose? Who do you serve? How do you serve them? Evaluate Community Demand Who are potential users? What are their needs? Analyze Competition Who is offering similar services or substitutes?

5 Approach to Sustainability (contd) Devising Sustainable Models Research Regulatory Environment Licensing/Regulations Determine Initial and Recurring Costs What does it cost to start? What does it cost to continue? Assess Internal Strengths and Weaknesses What do you do well? What could be improved? Determine Services and Products How are you going to satisfy the needs?

6 Vanga, Bandundu DR Congo-Kinshasa

7 Shared Wireless Network: Vanga, DR Congo-Kinshasa Pharmacy Local NGO Telecenter CT Brothers Hospital MAF

8 Reasons the Shared Solution Works in Vanga Several organizations have need for Internet access and are capable of paying for it No other alternatives for Internet access One organization in the village (MAF) has the capacity and willingness to manage several aspects of the networks operations including: the billing and payment collection technical maintenance general business operations of the entire network Regulatory system that permits wireless sharing No licensing for 2.4GHz

9 DakNet and Cybertigi Mali – Asynchronous Connectivity

10 Factors for Success of DakNet and Cybertigi Mali Integrate both mobile access and franchise models to bring value to people in remote villages. Franchise organization must exist to provide financial and institutional support, including: initial funds working capital for certain recurring costs, advice on start-up practices, management training, standardized processes, reporting mechanisms, marketing tools. Highly motivated and dynamic individual in the village, with the appropriate skills to manage a business and willingness to accept certain requirements of the franchise organization Entrepreneur needs to have access to financial resources Sufficient demand for information and communication Few competitors in the community

11 Conclusions There is NOT one single solution to access ICT in every community. Every community has unique characteristics. Sufficient analysis must be conducted/process followed to determine the most sustainable solution in your community.


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