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Telecommunications challenges in developing countries

asymmetric interconnection charges for rural areas


In rural telecommunications, network costs are known to be high, and the traditional consensus has been that many rural areas cannot be connected without subsidies. This report examines options for implementing a charge regime in developing countries which takes account of the relative cost differences between urban and rural networks. Issues discussed include: customer affordability; customer education and awareness; numbering plan and billing; the need for detailed cost models; distortions created by asymmetric termination charges, and alternative implementation strategies.

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