Today the World Telecom Labs (WTL) unveiled its recent survey findings about the management and rollout of voice and/or data deployments in Africa that have been financed by Universal Service Funds (USF).
WTL invited people from across the telecoms ecosystem including vendors, operators and ISPs, NGOs and Government Officials to share their experience and opinions about USF and to identify where improvements could be made in the management of USF.
25% of the respondents had been directly involved with a network built using money from USF and were extremely well-informed and open to sharing their thoughts.
The key findings of the survey included:
96% of survey respondents see USF as offering huge potential to solve connectivity and service delivery issues in rural environments.
Operators, NGOs and Government Agencies all expressed an interest in delivering connectivity to unconnected areas with 86% of respondents feeling strongly that a combination of all three is required in order to unlock investment. This implies that connecting the unconnected requires a coalition – a collaborative approach between all relevant stakeholders, including vendors who can offer technology to deliver the connectivity required.
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