The Broadband Strategies Toolkit (www.broadbandtoolkit.org) is a product of the ICT Sector Unit of the World Bank in close cooperation with infoDev (www.infodev.org) with generous funding provided by the Korea Trust Fund on Information and Communication Technologies for Development. The work was undertaken in two phases, from 2010-2014. The first phase saw the completion of the Broadband Strategies Handbook, Modules 1, 2 and 7 and the country case studies. Project management for the first phase was undertaken by the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG). The second phase saw the launch of the website and the completion of Modules 3, 4, 5 and 6. The World Bank task team leader for both phases of the project was Dr. Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist. In the first phase he was supported by Lara Srivastava (infoDev) and Masatake Yamamichi (ICT Sector Unit).
The Broadband Strategies Handbook (which also forms Module 0 of Broadband Strategies Toolkit) was produced by a team from the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG). It was carried out under the supervision of Tim Kelly, Wonki Min (then at ICT Sector Unit of the World Bank, now at MIC Korea) and Carlo Maria Rossotto (ICT Sector Unit). The Handbook benefited from the inputs, ideas, and review of many World Bank Group colleagues and management as well as peer reviewers.
TMG is a telecommunications and information technology consulting firm providing regulatory, policy economic, technical and financial advice. The TMG team for this assignment was led by Janet Hernandez and comprised Flavia Alves, Kari Ballot-Lena, Jeff Bernstein, Joel Garcia, Janet Hernandez, Daniel Leza, Sofie Maddens-Toscano, Jorge Moyano, William Wiegand, David Wye and Amy Zirkle, as well as outside consultants Calvin Monson, Michael Minges and Bjorn Wellenius.
The authors are grateful to Mohsen Khalil, former director of the World Bank’s Global Information and Communication Technologies (GICT) Department, for his guidance and support throughout the preparation of this report. The authors also thank Valerie D’Costa, program manager, infoDev, and Philippe Dongier, sector manager, ICT Sector Unit, for their comments and support. For their review and comments, the authors and project team thank Francois Auclert, Kevin Donovan, Elena Kvochko, Wonki Min, Victor Mulas, James Neumann, Duncan Wambogo Omole, Christine Qiang, Siddhartha Raja, David Satola, Lara Srivastava, Mark Williams, and Masatake Yamamichi from the World Bank Group, as well as external reviewers Michael Best from Georgia Institute of Technology (United States), Yongsoo Kim from the Korea Communications Corporation (Republic of Korea), Mandla Msimang from Pygma Consulting (South Africa), and Paul de Sa from the Federal Communications Commission (United States).
To kick off the project, we convened an advisory group comprising Rodrigo Abdalla F. de Sousa, Ben Akoh, Jeff Eisenach, Torbjörn Fredriksson, Sverre Holt-Francati, Parvez Iftikhar, Lars Krogager, James Losey, Youlia Lozanova, Sascha Meinrath, Sam Paltridge, Rohan Samarajiva, Nancy Sundberg, Sharil Tarmizi, and Marianne Treschow. We would like to thank these participants for their valuable input and ideas in shaping the initial table of contents and for attending our consultation meeting and a “writeshop” in August 2010.
Based on the outline generated at the writeshop, and chapters of the Broadband Strategies Handbook, the seven Modules were compiled as follows:
- Janet Hernandez (TMG, Module 1)
- David Wye (TMG) and Sofie Maddens-Toscano (formerly TMG, now with the Internet Society. Module 2)
- John Ure (TPRC, Module 3)
- Rob Nicholls (Webb Henderson, Module 4)
- Rob Frieden (Pennsylvania State University, Module 5)
- Raul Katz (Columbia Business School, Module 6)
- Michael Minges (ICTdata.org, Module 7)
International case studies were also prepared to support Module 7, under the guidance of Michael Minges. We thank the authors of these case studies—Diane Anius (St. Kitts and Nevis), Samantha Constant (Morocco), Helani Galpaya (Sri Lanka), Michael Jensen (Brazil), Mandla Msimang (Kenya), Cagatay Telli (Turkey), and Tran Minh Tuan (Vietnam). We also thank Samhir Vasdev who compiled the published versions of the country case studies.
The review process for the Modules was coordinated by Masatake Yamamichi and drew upon a team of experts comprising Phillippa Biggs (ITU), John de Ridder (independent consultant), Takashi Motohisa (JSAT International), Toru Nakaya (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan), Atsushi Ozu (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan), Suraj Ramgolam (National Computer Board of Mauritius), John Roman (Intel), and Renee Wittemeyer (Intel).
The Website was developed under contract by CaudillWeb, who continue to host the site, in particular by Herb Caudill and Shane Kunkle. Oversight of the editorial production and design of the toolkit was undertaken initially by Lara Srivastava and later by Masatake Yamamichi, assisted by Sergiu Conovalu and Akshaya Sreenivasan. Administrative support was provided, at various stages, by Mather Pfeiffenberg and Lydie Sankara.
The Broadband Strategies Toolkit would not have been possible without generous funding from the Korea Trust Fund (KTF) for ICT for Development, which is managed by Henna Lee on behalf of the Information for Development Program (infoDev). The KTF is a partnership between the government of Korea and the World Bank. Its purpose is to advance the ICT4D agenda, with the goal of contributing to growth and reducing poverty in developing countries.