GDIP Releases Policy Guide for Subsea Cables to Enhance Global Connectivity and Digital Inclusion

Global Digital Inclusion Partnership outlines strategies for policymakers to boost national internet infrastructure and inclusion.

The Global Digital Inclusion Partnership (GDIP) has unveiled a crucial policy document titled “Good Practices for Subsea Cables Policy.” Authored by Sonia Jorge and Evelyn Namara, with valuable contributions from GDIP partners and advisors, the document addresses the essential role of subsea cables in fostering global connectivity.

In the pursuit of a flourishing digital economy, universal internet access is imperative. The backbone of this connectivity lies in the extensive network of subsea cables that link people worldwide to the internet. The policy brief serves as a resource for policymakers in low- and middle-income countries, shedding light on pertinent regulatory and policy issues surrounding subsea internet cables. By focusing on these issues, the brief underscores their substantial impact on digital transformation and inclusion.

Specifically, the policy brief outlines actionable steps for policymakers to enhance national internet infrastructure and promote digital inclusion. It advocates for open-access cable landing stations (CLS) and emphasizes the importance of preventing monopolistic behavior in this sector. The brief encourages regulators to facilitate private investment in CLS and co-location facilities, ensuring transparency, fairness, and non-discrimination in their operation. Additionally, it suggests imposing conditions on incumbent operators to provide open and reasonable access to these facilities, fostering healthy competition and innovation in the digital landscape.

By addressing these policy and regulatory aspects, the GDIP aims to contribute to a more connected and inclusive digital world, where the benefits of subsea cables are maximized for all.

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