Media Teleconference: Author of New Report To Discuss How Proposed Regulation Would Restrict Global Internet Growth in African Countries

GENEVA, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ — Please join economist Dr. Michael Kende, partner and co-Head of the Regulatory Sector at Analysys Mason, on Thursday September 13, at 13:30 UTC to discuss the findings of his recently released paper, which examines the spectacular increase in Internet deployment using mobile broadband throughout the entire world, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Kende, joined by Ambassador David Gross, will assess new proposals to regulate the global Internet and their impact on countries in Africa.


Teleconference: Internet Global Growth: Lessons for the Future

Dr. Michael Kende, Partner and Co-Head of the

Speakers: Regulatory Sector, Analysys Mason

Amb. David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein

Date/Time: Thursday, September 13 at 13:30 UTC, 15:30 SAST

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The report, “Internet Global Growth: Lessons for the Future,” shows the amount of international Internet bandwidth serving African countries has grown dramatically, from 1.21 Gbit/s in 2001 to 570.92 Gbit/s by 2011 based on USD billions of investments in undersea cables in recent years. The report provides evidence showing that the current Internet model effectively promotes Internet growth in Africa, and warns that restrictive regulations could impede growth. Dr. Kende credits private investment and innovation for the progress, but cautions that regulatory overhaul could halt this growth.

To RSVP or for more information about the call, please email To view a copy of Dr. Kende’s report, visit For more information on Analysys Mason, visit

About Dr. Michael Kende, Ph.D.

Michael Kende is the co-Head of the Regulatory Sector at Analysys Mason. Dr. Kende is an economist by training, with a Ph.D. from MIT. At Analysys Mason, Kende has worked with operators and regulators in six continents, providing advice on a variety of Internet issues. He has worked on projects relating to Internet backbone interconnection, spectrum assignments, broadband deployment, Voice over IP and IPTV. His clients have included the World Bank, the IDA in Singapore, OSIPTEL in Peru, and the European Union.

About Ambassador David Gross

David A. Gross, former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State, is chair of Wiley Rein’s International Telecommunications Practice. One of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications, he has addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and has led delegations to many major international telecommunication conferences.

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