Rural Strategy, Universal Service Fund & Pilot Project Development
key-subject: universal access, ICT, demand studies
Intelecon was contracted under a World Bank funded initiative to assist the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with the strategic planning and implementation of a programme to extend basic telephone and information services to rural and under-served urban areas. Intelecon's responsibilities for this initiative included:
- Studying the national telecommunications sector and recommending a rural telecommunications development strategy;
- Designing and conducting an initial demand study in 20 localities, which was later expanded in a follow-on contract to more than 5,000 surveys across all six regions of the country;
- Developing pilot projects which will demonstrate the viability of the Government's proposed strategy;
- Assisting our project partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLB (Canada), with the preparation of bidding documents for the pilot projects, which served as an experimental first bidding round for the eventual creation of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF); and
- Supporting the NCC and McCarthy Tétrault in conducting a competitive bidding process for three pilot projects and negotiating with the winning bidders.