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- The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global VSAT Forum launched a new map at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 12 December 2003. Called ŒOpen and Closed Skies: Satellite Access in Africa’, the map shows how very small aperture terminals (VSAT) can be used for Internet access and connectivity across the continent. This is the third map in IDRC’s series for Africa, following ‘The Internet: Out of Africa’ and ‘The Status of Teleaccess: Inside Africa’. It is also published in French at IDRC: l’acces aux satellites en Afrique ŒEvery square inch of Africa is covered by satellite bandwidth, but restrictive telecom policies stop this from supporting Africa’s development. There are 48 satellites with coverage, pointing 36 Ku-band frequency beams and 28 C-band beams over Africa which can be accessed to provide international and national voice calls, broadcasting, data and Internet services.

- ICT Policy: A Beginner’s Handbook is a new book from APC. "The APC handbook is not a map of the ICT policy terrain," says editor Chris Nicol, "but it is a compass." Find out more: Download the beginner’s handbook from the APC site: (in a zipped file) Or order a printed copy from