International development Agency (Sida)
in collaboration with United nations Information and Communication
Technology Task Force (UNICTTF)
and The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
have organized in 2003 and 2004 the first and second international
conference on Open Access technologies.
The Eduardo Mondlane University in
Maputo Mozambique has requested to host the 3rd International Open
Access workshop in Maputo Mozambique. It has been decided that the
workshop will be held on 10-11 May 2005.
This year the main theme of the workshop will be on Open Access
solutions, a Pan African Fibre Backbone, financing models and
regulatory environment for Open Access technologies. The scope is how
to provide open access which includes identifying the users, the
relevant technologies, and the regulatory framework and how to support
the entrepreneurship that is necessary to build sustainable networks.
This conference will address the open access technologies in the
context of Developing Regions, in particular the Sub-Saharan Africa.
The detailed goal of the workshop is to:
• Disseminate and discuss the concept of Open
and Open Networks, i.e. networks with modular
network segments with open standardised interfaces allowing different
actors to build networks together based on local economical
• disseminate case studies illustrating best practices for how to
provide first mile access from more users
• discuss how academia, regulators and funding agents can stimulate
and support entrepreneurs to provide access in new areas
• disseminate case studies illustrating cases of how to build national
or international fibre backbones that provide access to more users
• discuss issues related to the regulatory environment that is
required for these backbones to evolve
• discuss how to establish national and regional research and academic
It is expected that the conference will gather about 150 participants
from Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin-America and North America.
The 3rd International Open Access Workshop will be organized through
collaboration between Sida, IDRC, UNICTTF, UEM and KTH.