Country Communications Concept (CCC)

Executive Summary

Broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 3.4 billion by 2014 and about 80 percent of these consumers will use mobile broadband. There is strong evidence supporting predictions of increased mobile broadband usage. Consumers understand and appreciate the benefits of mobile broadband. Most people already use mobile phones and many also connect their notebooks over wireless LANs.

Broadband Users
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Time has now come for a Swedish business group to speed up the Broadband Telecommunications in the emerging countries of Africa and the Middle East (AME region). This document is describing a general Business Plan for giving a specific Country nationwide and fully modern telecommunications networks for its people and businesses.
The ultimate purpose of this Business Plan is to build and install all the necessary levels of communications networks, implement the appropriate telecom and datacom services and let the end-users benefit from the services through current and new operators and service providers. The first projected Country may serve as an example for other countries how to build networks locally.

This Business Plan includes building necessary Mobile Broadband Access (MBA) networks, building a national fibre optic backbone network interconnecting the domestic regions and building an international gateway interconnecting the Country with the rest of the world.

One of the intentions of the Business Plan is to set up an international Hub in one of the countries serving the whole West African region and one for the Middle East. All traffic to and from as well as within this region shall pass the Hub from or to the rest of the world or to the neighbouring countries. By having the Hub, the intraregional traffic does not need to be directed to Europe (or elsewhere) and back again but stay within the region. This will save a lot of traffic transport costs. Traffic aimed to and from other parts of the world will be transferred in a huge dedicated line between the Hub and Europe, instead of each country paying for its own smaller capacity need. Thus, the prices will be lower due to Scale of Volume as well as due to lower over-head costs.

Focus is on enabling Service Providers (SP) to provide “Triple Play” services: telephony, internet and IPTV. IPTV means all kinds of television and video services. The technical platforms needed for the basic services should be built-in as parts of the core network, but the services should be provided either single or bundled by different kinds of service providers. The service providers will be customers of the network operations.

The vision is to give the Country the most modern broadband telecommunications – like in Sweden.


Background

The Country as well as the rest of the region needs to expand its telecommunications capacity and especially its Internet capacity, domestic as well as global.

Representatives of the Swedish company IFRAnet have met, discussed and agreed or will meet, discuss and agree with local authorities and Ministers for building new telecommunication networks in the Country.


Concept Idea

The ultimate purpose is to build and install all the necessary levels of communications networks, implement the platforms for the appropriate telecom and datacom services and let the end-users benefit from the services through current and future telecom operators (telcos) and service providers (SP).

The Concept includes (a) building necessary MBA (Mobile Broadband Access) networks, (b) building a national backbone network interconnecting all the domestic regions of the Country and (c) building a global gateway interconnecting the Country with the rest of the world. In connection with the gateway, IFRAnet aims at setting up a Hub for the global traffic of all the West African and the Middle East (AME) countries. By the means of the Hub, the international communications costs would decrease notably.

The Country might serve as an example for other countries how to build modern networks locally, how to arrange long distance networks and how to communicate domestically and globally via these assets.

Concept Idea


Mission

The Swedish mission is that the people of the Country shall have the equal option of a richer life by consuming various Services via broadband access networks and that the businesses, the corporations and the organisations in the Country shall develop to be more successful by using broadband network services and thus be more competitive to the rest of the world.

For this purpose a local Company, “IFRAnet Country Name”, is to be set up. IFRAnet would bring Swedish high competence, new ideas and edge technology to those local individuals who should be working in the local IFRAnet Company. In the end all employees should be local. The Swedish shareholders will after a few years volunteer to sell their shares of the Company to local parties (individuals, corporations, the state etc.) in order to turn the Company into a national treasure.

Vision

IFRAnet's vision is to give the Country the most modern telecommunications - like in Sweden.

IFRAnet Company would become a corner stone of the foundation for the development of the Country and used by everybody.

By hosting the Communications Hub that projected country would be the communications head of the region and thus would be able to provide much lower communications prices for the whole region.

Objectives

Our objectives are: