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Development


DEV.1 : Rethinking rural access: The microtelecom business
Tuesday, 06 October 2009, 16:30 - 18:00, Room G

With established markets in developed countries either saturated or maturing, the telecoms business is turning to the huge untapped pool of potential customers: the rural residents of the world's emerging economies. The term microtelecom to describe the optimization of telecom infrastructures and business models for the "bottom of the pyramid" low-income, hard-to-reach communities in rural areas. However, bringing access to regions with unstable power supplies and low income subscribers requires fresh thinking on which technologies should be used and the business case for growth. This session considers growth projections for access in rural economies, the technology and business challenges these markets present, and some innovative approaches being taken by both established and new players.
KEY QUESTIONS: - What are some of the hidden challenges and opportunities for telcos? - How can good KPIs be established to enable replicable models to be developed?


Moderator
* Mr Bill Kerr-Smith, Principal Industry Specialist, Global Information and Communication Technologies, The World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC CITTM), World Bank

Panellists
* Ms Khédija Ghariani, Secretary-General, Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), Tunisia
* Mr Bob Lyazi, Director Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) and Chairman , African Universal Service and Access Fund Association, AUSAFA
* His Excellency Dr José Rafael Vargas, Minister - President of the Board of Directors, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), Dominican Rep.
* Ms Lynne A. Dorward, Chief Group Regulatory Affairs Officer, Zain Group, Bahrain
* Mr Bruce Baikie, President & CEO, Green-Wi-fi, United States
* Mr Vishal Sehgal, Research Scholar, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, India