Ubiquity Broadband Service in Small Island Developing States

24 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010

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Ewan Sutherland

University of the Witwatersrand, LINK Centre

Date Written: April 13, 2010


Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and territories face risks of natural disasters, climate change and are economic shocks. Markets are small and monopolistic or oligopolistic, with few realistic possibilities of further entry. There is insufficient competition to drive prices down to affordable levels. Without an undersea cable they must use expensive satellite services; with one they have a competitive bottleneck. Servicing outlying islands adds additional expense. Operational costs are high; sometimes partially offset by spending by tourists and migrants. Access networks are predominantly mobile; migrating from GSM to LTE. Markets can extend coverage and inclusiveness through increased competition, targeted regulation and selective state aid. The challenges are to ensure the availability of affordable services and inclusion of the poorest and the disabled through cost-effective interventions that do not further distort markets.

Keywords: SIDS, universal service, telecommunications, wireless, islands

JEL Classification: K20, L96, N4, O1, R38

Suggested Citation

Sutherland, Ewan, Ubiquity Broadband Service in Small Island Developing States (April 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1588626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1588626

Ewan Sutherland (Contact Author)

University of the Witwatersrand, LINK Centre ( email )

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Johannesburg, Gauteng 2000
South Africa

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