This book examines how theoretically optimal concepts actually get implemented in the hard terrain of emerging Asia. It gleans lessons from five Asian countries — Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka — based on their experiences with expanding ICT connectivity. It reports the findings of a cutting-edge 3000+ sample demand-side survey of telephone use at the \"bottom of the pyramid\" in India and Sri Lanka. It considers the problem of expanding connectivity from different angles: that of the user, the operator, the policymaker, the regulator, and civil society. And it sheds light on a range of situations and technologies, like telephone use in post-conflict regions of Sri Lanka, Wi-Fi deployment in Indonesia, and universal service obligations in India.
Samarajiva, R.; Zainudeen, A. (editors) ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks. Sage India/IDRC, (2008) 334 pp. ISBN 978-1-55250-378-2 [ebook]