SAT3 COUNTRY REGULATORS AND POLICY-MAKERS COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS END OF NATIONAL MONOPOLIES
On 24-25 July 2006 regulators and policy-makers will come together to discuss what happens when the national monopolies granted to African SAT3 consortium members comes to an end in June 2007. Up to this point, its incumbent teleco members have had the sole right to sell fibre capacity on the system from their country to SAT3’s European landing point in Portugal. Telkom South Africa as the managing agent of SAT3 has been invited to brief the participants.
The meeting is being organised by APC (Association for Progressive Communications), AFRISPA (African Internet Service Providers’ Association), CATIA (Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa), CRASA (Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa) and Balancing Act with support from OSI and OSIWA (Open Society Institute and OSI West Africa).
The idea for the workshop emerged from the regulators who attended a meeting organised in Senegal at the end of 2005 by OSIWA to address ways of getting cheaper international connectivity in the region. It is also informed by issues raised during the evolution of the EASSy fibre project that will connect East African countries in 2008.