Edward, Would broadband imply a higher ROI? Not necessarily. The margins for rural service are always tight. Every incremental cost counts, including the cost of a basic payphone set. Rural ROI is highly dependent on willingness and ability to pay for services offered. Rural customers are very price sensitive. Where broadband has a real chance in rural areas is where it can best respond to price sensitivity for voice telephony - e.g. voice over IP... hence the importance of the regulatory environment... which can catalyse creative technical adaptations for the rural market if convergence applications are enabled and not blocked by regulation. Look at Ghana where ISPs or operators providing VOIP can get pretty hefty fines.
Don Richardson Edward Malloy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Don et al: Given the low cost and availability of new wireless access > devices, plus the steady expansion (and underutilization) of the > national backbone (often fiber) in many developing nations, is the real > cost of extending voice and data telecom service to rural villages any > higher for broadband than for narrow band? If as I suspect the cost > differential is not all that much, wouldn't then broadband imply a > higher return on investment. [I am assuming, of course an ideal > regulatory environment described earlier ("market liberalization, open > investment climate, good regulation (that supports universal access)."] ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org