The Digital Development Toolkits Series aims to help readers (i) identify challenges and necessary policy and regulatory actions in digital development; (ii) analyze potential solutions; and (iii) provide practical examples from countries that have addressed digital development-related matters. Its target audience includes policy-makers, regulators, researchers, and other relevant stakeholders in the digital development field, particularly those in developing countries. The series of toolkits consists of the Broadband Strategies Toolkit, the Cloud Readiness Assessment Toolkit, and the Cross-Sector Infrastructure Sharing Toolkit.
Broadband Strategies Toolkit
The Broadband Strategies Toolkit firstly tries to capture how broadband is defined, why it is important, and how its development can be encouraged. The toolkit looks at broadband as an ecosystem consisting of both supply and demand components, both of which are equally important if the expansion of broadband networks and services is to be successful. In addressing the challenges and opportunities related to broadband, the toolkit also discusses the policies and strategies that government officials and other stakeholders should consider when developing broadband plans, including legal and regulatory issues, universal access, and technologies.
Cross-Sector Infrastructure Sharing Toolkit
The Cross-Sector Infrastructure Sharing Toolkit focuses exclusively on the joint use of infrastructure by telecommunications network operators and owners of infrastructure developed primarily for purposes other than the provision of public telecommunications services. The toolkit is intended as a guide for infrastructure owners, broadband access network and wholesale telecommunications network operators, policymakers, lawmakers, regulators, international economic development institutions, and other stakeholders interested in harnessing the potential of cross-sector infrastructure sharing to facilitate broadband development. The toolkit develops several themes, such as overview of cross-sector infrastructure sharing, financial and other motivations, business models, and modalities to overcome disincentives and impediments.
Cloud Readiness Assessment Toolkit
The Cloud Readiness Toolkit firstly provides a definition of cloud computing, with a detailed explanation of essential characteristics, service models, deployment models, benefits, risks, migrating applications, and visualization. The toolkit also offers a readiness assessment part. It is designed to provide a baseline for a country for use of cloud computing. This baseline shows how ready a government is to implement a cloud platform, and provides tailored recommendations based on the gaps identified from completing the assessments. The readiness assessment part consists of two types assessments: a country assessment and an application and infrastructure assessment, and each assessment is comprised of a series of questions. The questions are weighted and scored to produce recommendations that offer a conversation starter on the current readiness to implement cloud computing.