National Broadband strategies – The case of Brazil

Morten Falch, Emerson Iaskio

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Universal coverage of broadband services is a common goal that almost any country aims to achieve. However, the ways to reach this goal vary among regions and among countries both with respect to policies applied and technologies to be implemented (Lemstra and Melody, 2014; Henten and Falch, 2017).
Broadband for all is a widely accepted policy objective in both developed and developing countries. However, the policy strategies for achieving this goal are very different in different countries. These differences are originated in different levels of economic and technological development, as well as differences in institutional factors. For instance has the government played a leading role in Japan and South Korea, while US and UK have a strong emphasis on market forces and competition.
Brazil has chosen their own strategy for broadband development. This strategy is defined within a specific national context taking international experiences into account. This paper analyses broadband policy in Brazil in order to identify national characteristics and to discuss to which extend it follows international trends in broadband policy. Finally the policy is evaluation with the purpose of identifying possible lessons to be learned by other countries.
The paper as a point of departure consider following three dimensions:
1) Regulatory vs developmental policies
2) Infrastructure vs service competition
3) Networks vs content prioritization
This framework is developed in (Henten and Falch, 2018) with the purpose of comparing broadband strategies in different countries.
The paper first describes these dimensions, and how the framework relates to other kinds of categorisations. Second it provides a brief overview of how the Brazilian telecom market developed. The subsequent section presents various policy initiatives taken within the area of broadband. Finaly the paper concludes with an analysis of these initiatives using the three dimensions framework presented in section two.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the 2nd Regional African ITS Conference 2018
Number of pages13
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe 2nd Regional African Conference of the International Telecommunications Society: Communications and Applications for All - The ICT Thrust Transforming Business, Competition, Policy, and Regulation - Intercontinental Hotel Lusaka, Zambia , Lusaka, Zambia
Duration: 15 Mar 201816 Mar 2018
Conference number: 2
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ConferenceThe 2nd Regional African Conference of the International Telecommunications Society
Number2
LocationIntercontinental Hotel Lusaka, Zambia
CountryZambia
CityLusaka
Period15/03/201816/03/2018
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Falch, M., & Iaskio, E. (2019). National Broadband strategies – The case of Brazil. In Proceedings for the 2nd Regional African ITS Conference 2018
Falch, Morten ; Iaskio, Emerson. / National Broadband strategies – The case of Brazil. Proceedings for the 2nd Regional African ITS Conference 2018. 2019.
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