Collection of Cases of Financing Ict for Development in Asia by United Nations

By United Nations

This ebook offers info on varied financing mechanisms for info and verbal exchange know-how (ICT) initiatives in rural components specifically. It considers instances from China, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand that have a few strong point to be able to rework present electronic divide between rural and concrete humans, and terrible and wealthy into electronic possibilities within the quarter.

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Based on information received from Rural Telecentre Panauti-223, only nine of the 15 telecentres have been established. net/ilo 22 “STM Telecom Media to run phone service in eastern region”, Kathmandu Post, Nov. np 21 Lack of electricity, telecommunications infrastructure, and funding are major obstacles, similar to any under-served area within the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, the volatility of the current political situation, leadership vacuum due to the dissolution of the local governance body, and lack of security in rural districts are limiting community mobilization work.

From the beginning, Microsoft Corporation offered consumers Microsoft’s Windows XP Home & Office XP Thai Edition, at US$40, compared to a retail cost of at least US$340. Microsoft was then under increasing pressure to adjust its policy of charging the same price for Windows across the world. In the Asia-Pacific region, the single-price policy was considered cost prohibitive. Although Microsoft was not willing to make any changes to their universal software pricing scheme, they were willing to make adjustments to special educational or government funded initiatives such as the budget PC project.

HMG/N in turn will waive the Rural Telecommunications Development Trust Tax for five years. HMG/N’s long-term goal is to establish telecentres in 1,500 Village Development Centres (VDCs) around the country with strategic focus on content development and social appropriation, sustainability and community ownership issues. HMG/N requires private sector participation to expand telecommunication access to rural areas. Accordingly, VSAT, Wireless Local Loop (WLL), and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) have been opened for private sector participation.

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